Companies such as Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, internet service providers, cellular phone companies, banks, credit card companies, and more are collecting your personal information and data. Many of these companies are then selling and/or profiting from your personal information and data.
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- 76% of all websites contain hidden Google trackers (source: CNBC)
- December 2009, after privacy concerns were raised, Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt declared: “If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place. (source: The Register)
- The search giant has begun tracking consumer behavior through credit card purchases, but won’t say how its system works. (source: Vanity Fair)
- Google has begun mining consumer credit-card data to track how much its users spend in brick-and-mortar stores after clicking on digital ads. (source: Vanity Fair)
- Google, which says it captures about 70 percent of credit- and debit-card transactions in the U.S., declined to explain how its tracking system works. “What’s really fascinating to me is that as the companies become increasingly intrusive in terms of their data collection, they also become more secretive,” Marc Rotenberg, the executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center. (source: Vanity Fair)
- Google has amassed huge data profiles on each person, which can include your interests, purchases, searches, browsing and location histories, and much more. They then make your sensitive data profile available for invasive targeted advertising that can follow you around the Internet. (source: CNBC)
- Alphabet was sued and accused of illegally tracking movements of millions of iPhone and Android phone users even when they use a privacy setting to prevent it. (source: CNBC)
- If you buy an Android app, Google sends personal information to the developer without explicitly telling you. (source: CBS News)
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- iPhone app developers have been allowed to store and sell data from users who allow access to their contact lists, which, in addition to phone numbers, may include other people’s photos and home addresses. When developers get our information, and that of the acquaintances in our contacts list, it’s theirs to use and move around unseen by Apple. It can be sold to data brokers, shared with political campaigns, or posted on the internet. (source: Bloomberg News)
- Apple has built in two direct consumer controls: one, when you agree to share your contact information with the developer; and the other, when you toggle the switch in your settings to deny that permission. But neither is as simple as it seems. The first gives developers access to everything you’ve stored about everyone you know, more than just their phone numbers, and without their permission. The second is deceptive. Turning off sharing only blocks the developer from continued access—it doesn’t delete data already collected. (source: Bloomberg News)
- Apple intends to allow customers access to their medical records via iPhones on iOS 11.3 beta. But like with so many things in the world of highly personal data, putting medical information on a digitally connected device is not without risk — and how it all shakes out could have a huge impact on the lives of millions. While the benefits of having your medical history at your fingertips may be numerous, so are the potential pitfalls. After all, it’s not hard to imagine what could go wrong. As the notorious 2014 hack of celebrity iCloud accounts made clear, Apple can’t necessarily guarantee the safety of your data. (source: Mashable)
- iPhones gather up a lot of information. The GPS provides our location, then when we ask Siri for directions or a recipe, that request goes to Apple along with our location information. Apple says it doesn’t share that info with outside companies. It does, however, allow advertisers to target users based on their history in the App Store and News app. (source: USA Today)
- Apple does admit that it freely collects information about what music we listen to, what movies, books and apps we download, which is “aggregated” and used to help Apple make recommendations. Apple says it doesn’t share this information with outside companies, either and notes that it doesn’t know the identity of the user. It does sell ads, but on a much smaller scale, based on your history in its News app and App Store. (source: USA Today)
- What Apple won’t do, at least for now, is make it easy for you to get your data so you can check out what exactly Apple has held onto. Apple hides the data request deep inside the privacy section of the website. To get there, it’s four clicks from the main page and buried in the 11th subhead on the page. (source: USA Today)
- Apple’s stance on privacy and security applies only if you don’t back up your data to iCloud. Apple says it can’t provide information that’s stored on iPhones because it doesn’t have access to people’s passcodes. But if you back up to iCloud, Apple does keep the key to those “backed up” emails, photos, personal notes, contacts and calendar events. “iCloud is not private from the government or Apple. iCloud is just someone else’s computer,” said Jonathan Zdziarski, a computer security expert who specializes in Apple products. Apple aggressively pushes customers to backup iPhone content to iCloud, where that data is exactly within Apple’s reach. Apple declined to provide the total number of current iCloud users. But back in early 2013, Apple said it had more than 300 million iCloud users. A 2014 analysis by intelligence firm Asymco estimated that Apple was making $4 billion per year from 500 million iCloud accounts. “Privacy is privacy. Apple shouldn’t have access to either [the device or iCloud] if this is about privacy,” said Lance James, chief scientist at cybersecurity firm Flashpoint. There could be another option, but Apple doesn’t offer it. In the same way Apple doesn’t hold the key to your device, Apple could choose to not hold the key to iCloud. (source: CNN Business)
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