Privacy matters: Android P might alert you if a phone call is being recorded

Android 9.0 P is likely just around the corner as an early developer beta and possible features of the upcoming build are slowly trickling out. Just yesterday, we informed you about a slew of plausible features that involved display notch support, visual improvements to make the OS more appealing to iOS users, as well as making Android future-proof and capable of correctly working on unorthodox devices like the dual-screen ZTE Axon M and the oft-rumored foldable Galaxy X. Battery improvements are also mentioned.

Today, a somewhat minor but undoubtedly noteworthy feature …


iOS 11.3 features a new Privacy icon to keep your data and Apple ID password safe

Earlier today, Apple previewed iOS 11.3, the latest version of the company’s famous mobile operating system. While Apple revealed a lengthy list of new features that come with iOS 11.3, it did not present all the improvements included in it. 
One of the things that Apple didn’t specifically mention is a new Privacy icon – spotted by developer Dean Murphy in iOS 11.3 beta. 
According to info found in the beta, the Privacy icon will show up on your device when a legit Apple-made “app or feature is asking to use your personal information” …

Facebook to give its users new privacy tools due to a new European law

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s COO

Well-known social media website – Facebook, is about to give its users more control over their personal data. What’s the cause of that sudden act of kindness towards us, the consumers, you might ask? Well, the newest European law named General Data Protection Regulation (or GDPR for short), that will take charge as of May. Its main goal is to give users more control over their own data and how it’s being used. 

“We’re rolling out a new privacy center globally …

New company called eelo will give you de-Google-ized Android so that you can keep your privacy

A new start-up company called eelo wants to provide you with an alternative version of Android. What makes this different than the version of the mobile OS that you are familiar with is that this version is de-Google-ized. The goal is to allow users to have more privacy than they currently do with the Google Play Services version of the open source OS. Services like email, online office applications, apps and cloud storage will be offered in Google-free flavors with users’ personal information strongly protected. These services will be based on software offered by LineageOS, which grew …

The iPhone X may turn into a privacy disaster, so Apple changed the Face ID apps policy

Your facial mapping, achieved with the TrueDepth camera kit of the iPhone X, is stored securely on the phone, and not being sent to any servers, just like your Touch ID fingerprint readings. The issue is, however, that third-party developers would have access to worrying amounts of your face data, complete with mood expressions, and other potentially lethal from a privacy standpoint bits that could be used for marketing purposes, or something more nefarious.

A researcher has already created an app that shows you exactly how much facial data is Apple making available to developers, …

Apple revamps the privacy page on its website

Apple has revised the privacy page on its website. “Apple products are designed to do amazing things. And designed to protect your privacy,” says the big print at the top of the page. Apple goes on to talk about some of the security and privacy features it offers on its devices. Fingerprint scanning Touch ID is called “the most advanced security technology on any personal device.”

Apple adds that it doesn’t collect the information created when users ask questions for Siri to answer. And Apple’s Differential Privacy means that data belonging to an iPhone owner is scrambled, added to the data …

Andy Rubin apologizes for Essential's privacy gaffe

You might remember our previous report about a possible phishing scam that Essential might have fallen victim a few days ago. Some customers who pre-order the Essential Phone received an email that asked for sensitive information like pictures of an ID and address.

Well, it appears that there was no hacking involved in the privacy issue, but rather a huge mistake from Essential’s part. According to Andy Rubin, the reason some customers received those mails asking for personal data was an email account gone rogue.

It appears that the company made an error …

BlackBerry releases betas for Android version of BBM and the BlackBerry Privacy Shade

Today, BlackBerry has started offering a new beta version of the Android flavored BBM messaging app. Among the new additions are animated stickers. Stickers have come a long way since BBM announced that it would be offering them back in February 2014. You can preview and share animated stickers. There are more than 1,000 packs to choose from, divided into different categories.

With the update, you can now choose a custom BBM PIN for free, and there is “richer video sharing and editing options,” You can create and manage discussion groups, and there is a new user-friendly chatting interface …

When midrange meets privacy: the Oukitel K4000 Plus wants to keep your secrets secret!

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Disclaimer

Nowadays, privacy is a huge concern for smartphone users. With how much phones have grown in terms of hardware power, we do use them to generate and store a lot of stuff that we wouldn’t like to have leaked in the world — photos, messages, work emails and important documents, the works. Thus far, however, private features have mostly been exclusive to higher class smartphones. Well, …

BlackBerry is offering the Privacy Shade to subscribers of Hub+

Back in March, we told you about BlackBerry’s Privacy Shade. This is a feature that uses a dark shade to cover up sensitive information on your screen. You can decide how much of the display you want covered, and how much you want to leave as the viewing area. The idea is to protect sensitive and important words written on your phone screen from being seen by prying eyes.

Currently, the Privacy Shade is available only to BlackBerry users running an Android powered unit. But soon, BlackBerry will offer it for any Android handset free for a 30-day trial, along with all of the other BlackBerry …