How to give your phone an Android-12-inspired privacy upgrade

Credit to Author: JR Raphael| Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2021 07:04:00 -0700

Android 12 sure is an onion of an update, wouldn’t ya say?

Now, don’t get me wrong: I’m not suggesting it’s fragrant, likely to make you cry, or positively delicious when cooked in a stir-fry. (That’d be one heck of a piece of software!) I just mean that it has lots of layers to it, including some that are beneath the surface and impossible to see when you’re only glancing from afar.

Android 12 is full of changes both big and small, in fact — and while many of its most noticeable external elements will be limited to Google’s own Pixel phones, some of the improvements tucked away in those sticky lower layers are arguably the most important changes of all.

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Note to IT: Google really wants its privacy settings left alone

Credit to Author: Evan Schuman| Date: Fri, 04 Jun 2021 11:14:00 -0700

The biggest difference in business models between mobile giants Google and Apple is that Google sells hardware and software whereas Google sells information. So when Apple makes a big play out of protecting privacy—such as pushing back against encryption backdoors and government subpoenas—it’s relatively easy for them. That’s not primarily how they make money.

Google, though, has a business model that truly hates privacy. To Google, enterprise data privacy, along with consumer data privacy, is just something that deprives them of raw material that they can sell. In short, Google has to publicly say that it protects its customers’ privacy while privately doing whatever it can to keep leveraging that data.

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The missing context around Google's Android privacy fallout

Credit to Author: JR Raphael| Date: Thu, 03 Jun 2021 07:10:00 -0700

If you’ve read much tech news lately, you might be feeling a slight sense of shock right now.

A series of newly publicized documents related to an Arizona lawsuit reveals that Google’s had some complicated systems for collecting location data across Android over the years — and that, according to the info, the company at one point tried putting a catch-all location toggle into the software’s Quick Settings panel but saw a substantial increase in the number of users who took advantage of it with that more prominent positioning in place.

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Privacy compliance for smart meter infrastructure with Microsoft Information Protection and Azure Purview

Credit to Author: Emma Jones| Date: Wed, 02 Jun 2021 16:00:01 +0000

Smart meters and smart grid infrastructure have been deployed in many of the world’s electric distribution grids. They promise energy conservation, better grid management for utilities, electricity theft reduction, and a host of value-added services for consumers.

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Android 12's quietly important privacy progress

Credit to Author: JR Raphael| Date: Tue, 25 May 2021 07:21:00 -0700

This year, for the first time in a long time, it’s easy to glance at Google’s latest Android effort and focus mostly on the surface.

Android 12’s most striking element is without a doubt the overhauled look and feel it brings to the operating system (even if realistically, Pixel owners are the only ones who’ll reap the full benefits of that change). We haven’t seen such a dramatic reimagining of the Android interface in many a moon — since 2014’s Android 5.0 (a.k.a. Lollipop) release — and this progression stretches past the core software itself, even, with effects set to reach the experience of using apps within Android and eventually also Google apps on the web. The same principles will apply to Chromebooks, Smart Displays, and Wear-based wearables before long as well, making this a true Google ecosystem evolution.

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How long until Apple boots apps from its stores for privacy issues?

Credit to Author: Jonny Evans| Date: Wed, 28 Apr 2021 09:13:00 -0700

Apple will inevitably begin enforcing the privacy requirements it has put in place across its ecosystem, meaning developers who attempt to avoid or dissemble their way around these protections should expect action, including removal from the App Store.

What Apple is doing

Everyone recognizes how seriously Apple takes privacy. Statement by statement and all through iterative software and product releases, the company is making it crystal clear that it believes privacy is essential to achieve the potential of digital transformation.

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2 big questions to ask about Google and privacy

Credit to Author: JR Raphael| Date: Thu, 15 Apr 2021 04:00:00 -0700

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but it’s become a teensy bit trendy to trash Google and its position on privacy these days.

This wiggly ol’ web of ours has always spent a fair amount of energy focusing on how Google uses personal data, of course — and that’s a good thing. We absolutely should be aware of how companies do and don’t tap into our information.

Lately, though, the conversation has turned especially heated, with a growing chorus of virtual voices suggesting it’s time to ditch this-or-that Google service because of how it handles privacy and (insert spooky horror music and/or Sting ballad here) watches every move you make.

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Apple switches off the ‘open web’ by making it better

Credit to Author: Jonny Evans| Date: Fri, 02 Apr 2021 09:33:00 -0700

Apple has begun rejecting apps that ignore its new App Tracking Transparency policy as it moves ahead toward the launch of iOS 14.5.  

So, what’s happening?

Reports indicate Apple has started rejecting apps that ignore this new policy, which extends to iPhones, iPads, and tvOS. The policy requires that apps seek express permission to access the advertising identifier (IDFA) of a person’s iPhone in order to track them for ad targeting purposes. The policy also forbids developers from using other methods to track users.

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