Researchers Develop Privacy-Protecting Android App

The continuing shift to mobile computing and the proliferation of smartphones has raised a slew of privacy and security concerns around the way that mobile devices and applications handle users’ data and personal information. A group of researchers from North Carolina State University has developed a method for addressing the problem on Android devices by giving users granular control of how apps can behave on their devices.

Pandora Mobile App Transmits Gobs Of Personal Data

A popular free mobile application from online music service that is the subject of a Grand Jury investigation into loose data privacy practices in the mobile application market confirms that the application silently sends reams of sensitive data to advertisers.

Twitter Gives Users Option to Turn On HTTPS by Default

Twitter has changed the way that users access the company’s main site, now giving them the option to enable HTTPS by default, forcing a secure connection for most interaction with the service. However, the change does not apply to all of the popular apps users employ to access Twitter on smartphones and other devices.

Microsoft has submitted its proposal for web tracking protection to the W3C for consideration as a standard, hoping to get the organization’s stamp of approval for its browser privacy technology. The proposal is in the earliest stages of the process and has not been approved, a process that can take years in some cases.

A pair of security researchers has discovered a number of new attack vectors that give them the ability to not only locate any GSM mobile handset anywhere in the world, but also find the name of the subscriber associated with virtually any cellular phone number, raising serious privacy and security concerns for customers of all of the major mobile providers.

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