Instagram will pay researchers to uncover abuse of users' personal data
It's part of Facebook's expanding bug bounty program
Instagram has beenfor a while, and now it's putting more of that control in your hands. It's adding more powerful controls over data sharing that let you quickly shut down a sketchy app. There's a new authorization screen that clarifies what a third-party app wants, and new privacy controls (under Settings > Security > Apps and Websites) lets you quickly revoke access to apps you don't use or trust.
The new controls will take a while to roll out -- they'll reach devices within the next six months.
This is arguably a reaction to closer scrutiny of Instagram's behavior. While most of Facebook's privacy issues have revolved around its core service, Instagram has had problems withand from third-party apps. These improved measures won't necessarily help Instagram avoid another privacy fiasco, but they should remind you to be cautious and ditch old apps that might be scooping up more info than you'd like to provide.
Google confirms that our emails are played by third-party apps and responds to
Google has confirmed that third-party apps have access to data from Gmail users, but claims that this goes through a strict process and box.
Google releasedblog post on Tuesday, July 3, in response to survey explaining how third-party apps are able to read and analyze the content of emails sent by users of the Gmail service.
Let's start withTrying to reassure Gmail . On Monday, the US daily claimed that hundreds of Google partner companies were able to access content sent by the billion and a half Gmail users. These companies are software developers, who scan the content of our exchanges and then offer targeted advertising. This scan would be at the rate of 100 million emails scanned per day and can be done automatically.
"To be absolutely clear: no one at Google reads your e-mails, except for very specific cases" , director of the Security, Trust & Privacy branch of Google Cloud, confirms in her blog post that third-party companies may well have access to data from Gmail users. On the other hand, she states that nobody within Google has access to reading e-mails, except in special cases.
"The practice of automatic processing has led to false speculation on Google that could 'read' your e-mails. absolutely clear: no one at Google reads your e-mails, except for very specific cases, when people ask us and give us their consent, or when we need to do so for security reasons, such as investigating bug or abuse ", writes Susan Frey.
It tries to reassure the public by ensuring that these applications only claim and obtain "only relevant data" for "their specific function" and that they must be clear to Google about how they use this information. Susan Frey also adds that these companies must "present themselves accurately", that is to say, be transparent about the identity and goals of the company and have clear rules on the protection of privacy.
In this blog post, the Google employee gives some "tips", if you will, to better protect her Gmail account. Susan Frey proposes for example to read well and the permissions granted before accepting the intrusion of an application which is not developed by Google and to use the toolto visualize and control which applications have access what data.
In practice, it is well known that this kind of tool gives us limited control over the data collected by third-party applications. Who reads all the permissions granted? Who checks all the accesses of an application downloaded in the emergency for a need x or y? Obviously, Google could argue that it is up to the users to make this effort. Which is partly true.
But it is also and above all to Google to limit access. Even though the Wall Street Journal survey does not show any dysfunction as such in Google's ecosystem, asa few months ago, it shows again how a giant of the Internet opens the floodgates to access our private information.
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Transit's Apple Watch app returns after two-year hiatus .
More than a few well-known developers pulled their Apple Watch apps in the past couple of years due to technical obstacles or just a lack of interest, but one of those apps has come roaring back. As promised back in September, Transit has re-launched its Apple Watch app after a nearly two-year break -- and with significant improvements, to boot. The popular public transportation tool is now a native app, of course, but it also gives you considerably more detail than just arrival times, including future arrivals and a map indicating where to go.