Tag Archives: Data Collection

Your VPN or ad-blocker app could be collecting your data

by Sarah Perez, TechCrunch

The underpinnings of how app store analytics platforms operate were exposed this week by BuzzFeed, which uncovered the network of mobile apps used by popular analytics firm Sensor Tower to amass app data. The company had operated at least 20 apps, including VPNs and ad blockers, whose main purpose was to collect app usage data from end users in order to make estimations about app trends and revenues. Unfortunately, these sorts of data collection apps are not new — nor unique to Sensor Tower’s  operation.

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Your phone talks about you behind your back. These researchers are listening in

by Alfred Ng, c|net

They’re keeping track by tracking the trackers that track you.

When you download an app, the permissions requests and privacy policy are usually the only warnings you’ll get about the data it’s taking. Usually, you just have to take the app’s word that it’s grabbing only the data you’ve agreed to give it.

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All the Ways Facebook Tracks You—and How to Limit It

by David Nield, WIRED

If you have a Facebook account—and even if you don’t—the company is going to collect data about you. But you can at least control how it gets used.

It won’t come as much of a surprise that Facebook tracks you on its platform—that’s why it can resurface your birthday photos from five years ago—but you might not yet realize the scope and the depth of its tracking all across the internet. Facebook’s tentacles stretch out across other websites and services, into the various apps you’re using on your phone, and to the places you physically visit in the real world—especially if you decide to check in on Facebook while you’re there.

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How Windows 10 data collection trades privacy for security

by Fahmida Y. Rashid, InfoWorld

Here’s what data each telemetry level collects and the price you pay to send the least telemetry to Microsoft

Windows 10’s aggressive data-collection capabilities may concern users about corporate spying, but enterprises have control that consumer-edition Windows users do not: Administrators can decide how much information gets sent back to Microsoft. Continue reading How Windows 10 data collection trades privacy for security