In a hearing on Tuesday about the amount of data that mobile device manufacturers, app developers and others collect about users’ location and activities, senators called on Apple, Google and other companies to be more open and clear with consumers about their data-collection and tracking mechanisms.
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After a bruising series of revelations about location tracking features on mobile devices running their operating systems, Apple and Google will send executives to Capitol Hill to talk to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law about cell phone privacy.
Apple has released iOS 4.3.3, a firmware update for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad that, among other things, fixes the controversial issues surrounding the location tracking capabilities of those devices.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Navy Seals hauled off a treasure trove of data, including computers, hard drives and portable storage devices, following their successful raid on the compound of Osama bin Laden – a raid that culminated with the death of the terrorist leader.
The upcoming release of Adobe Flash Player 10.3 will give users of most of the major browsers the ability to delete Flash cookies in much the same way that they’re able to erase normal Web cookies, thanks to a better integration with privacy settings in Internet Explorer and Google Chrome.
As the concerns surrounding the data collected and transmitted by mobile apps continue to grow, Whisper Systems, a small start-up, has released WhisperMonitor, a free tool that enables owners of Android phones to control exactly what each of their installed apps can do and monitor what data is sent out from the device.
Sony Corp. took further steps to contain a serious data breach: temporarily shuttering the Website of Sony Online Entertainment and station.com, another of the technology company’s online gaming networks, even as it signaled the slow return of its PlayStation Network to operation.
Bruce Schneier has been writing, talking and thinking about security for a long time, and in this talk from the TEDxPSU conference sponsored by Penn State, Schneier discusses the realities and the mirages of security and what they mean for real people.
For just about as long as there have been botnets, there’s been an ongoing discussion in the security and law-enforcement communities about the legality and ethics of taking proactive steps to disrupt the botnets’ operations and even to remove the bots from infected machines. Until very recently, those discussions have been theoretical, but now the government has asked a court for permission to clean millions of Coreflood bot-infected PCs, moving the questions from the realm of “what if” to “now what.”
Apple may be trying to change the spin on its controversial location tracking, err…harvesting feature. The company issued a FAQ this week and pulled CEO Steve Jobs off of medical leave to argue the company’s case and quell concerns about the little known feature that include calls for an explanation from Capitol Hill lawmakers.