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North Dakota's COVID-19 contact tracing app leaks app data to Foursquare and a Google Ads ID: Report / Boing Boing - 0 views

    "The app, called Care19, and produced by a company called ProudCrowd that also makes a app-based social networking app for North Dakota State sports fans, generates a random ID number for each person who uses it. Then, it can "anonymously cache the individual's apps throughout the day," storing information about where people spent at least 10 minutes at a time, according to the state website. If users test positive for the coronavirus, they can provide that information to the North Dakota Department of Health for contact-tracing purposes so that other people who spent time near virus patients can potentially be notified."
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Revealed: how Whisper app tracks 'anonymous' users | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

    "The company behind Whisper, the social media app that promises users anonymity and claims to be "the safest place on the internet", is tracking the app of its users, including some who have specifically asked not to be followed. The practice of monitoring the whereabouts of Whisper users - including those who have expressly opted out of geoapp services - will alarm users, who are encouraged to disclose intimate details about their private and professional lives."
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When data gets creepy: the secrets we don't realise we're giving away | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

    "Creepy grabs all this geo-location data and puts pins on a map for you. Most of the time, you probably remember to get the privacy settings right. But if you get it wrong just once - maybe the first time you used a new location, maybe before your friend showed you how to change the settings - Creepy will find it, and your home is marked on a map"

BBC News - Data haul by Android Flashlight app 'deceives' millions - 0 views

  • GoldenShores Technologies took ID and location data from the millions using its Brightest Flashlight location.
  • poor privacy policy,
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'More scary than coronavirus': South Korea's health alerts expose private lives | World news | The Guardian - 0 views

    "As the number of coronavirus cases in South Korea exceeded 6,000 this week, there was a rise, too, in complaints about information overload in the form of emergency virus text alerts that have included embarrassing revelations about infected people's private lives."
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