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Google is tracking what you do on your phone, even when you tell them not to

By Patrick follow Patrick   2020 Jul 15, 9:41pm 178 views   2 comments   watch   nsfw   quote   share    


https://www.businessinsider.com/google-lawsuit-app-tracking-without-permission-reuters-2020-7

A class-action lawsuit filed Tuesday alleges that Google tracks users on hundreds of thousands of apps even when they opt out of "Web & App Activity" in the settings.
The data privacy lawsuit accuses the search engine giant of violating wiretap law and California privacy law by recording what users are looking at in apps.
It also alleges the tracking occurs through Google's Firebase, a popular set of software for app makers.

Alphabet Inc's Google records what people are doing on hundreds of thousands of mobile apps even when they follow the company's recommended settings for stopping such monitoring, a lawsuit seeking class action status alleged on Tuesday. ...

The new complaint in a U.S. district court in San Jose accuses Google of violating federal wiretap law and California privacy law by logging what users are looking at in news, ride-hailing and other types of apps despite them having turned off "Web & App Activity" tracking in their Google account settings.


And your porn too:

In its case last month, Boies Schiller Flexner accused Google of surreptitiously recording Chrome browser users' activity even when they activated what Google calls Incognito mode.
1   Patrick   ignore (1)   2020 Aug 25, 8:27am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

And Amazon is recording everything you do on your Kindle:

https://nullsweep.com/kindle-collects-a-surprisingly-large-amount-of-data/

Kindle services leverage reading data to offer some nice features that traditional books can't offer: maintaining bookmarks and notes between devices, keeping all devices synced with the last read page, and more. It also shows ads and recommendations for next books to read on the kindle.

I was curious to know if the Kindle was only sending the data required for these services, or if other data about me was being sent.
Turns out, Kindle Collects a Ton of Data

The Kindle sends device information, usage metadata, and details about every interaction with the device (or app) while it's being used. All of this is linked directly to the reader account.

Opening the app, reading a book, flipping through a few pages, then closing the book sends over 100 requests to Amazon servers.
2   Patrick   ignore (1)   2020 Sep 22, 8:28am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Fun site that shows you how evil a site is being:

https://themarkup.org/blacklight/?url=patrick.net

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