Niantic has had big corporations like McDonald’s and Starbucks sponsor locations for some time in its location-based games.Now the creator of Pokémon Go will enable small businesses to do the same thing.So don’t be surprised if you see your favorite local diner sponsor a location in one of Niantic’s titles, like staging a raid in Pokémon Go, where players would congregate in a single spot to defeat a boss creature.It turns out that those real-world people may get hungry or wind up spending money at the location where the raid takes place, so Niantic and the businesses stand to benefit from that traffic.The Sponsored Locations Early Access Beta program will start in December.And now it is setting up a self-serve platform, Sponsored Locations, that enables small businesses to set their own parameters for attracting players to their locations.
A handful of the most popular gay dating apps are exposing the precise location of their users.In a demonstration for BBC, security researchers were able to generate a map of app users across London, revealing the precise location of each using a method called trilateration.Apps like Grindr and Romeo are meant to expose some location data.The hookup apps operate by allowing men to find potential partners within a certain radius of their location.But the location data is meant to be an approximation, a radius in which the other user is located — much like listings on Airbnb.Instead, researchers have found that by using a process called trilateration, they can find users with pinpoint accuracy.
Millions of people in China used loan apps to borrow money, but they ended up paying with their privacy.A security researcher discovered a public database left exposed online containing sensitive data on more than 4.6 million devices, including location history, debt logs, financial information and contacts.The public database was growing, as these apps gathered data on people's activities and stored it the unsecured server in real time.The massive data leak contained a treasure trove of information on millions of Chinese citizens, including active updates on a person's location.The database also had names, birth dates, addresses, phone numbers, debt details and passwords stored on the exposed server."A series of actions were immediately taken to identify, alert and guide the customer, once Alibaba Cloud was informed about their database vulnerability hosted on our public cloud platform."
The beta 5 of Android Q is already available for the Google Pixel phones.And after the pause because of the numerous problems, it seems that everything has returned to normal.But there are many users who are reporting a major failure in the privacy section.According to the latest information, the applications have unrestricted access to the location at all times.The access to the location of each phone is one of the most constant permissions that applications usually ask for when starting them for the first time.Undoubtedly, one of the features that most violate the privacy of users and that usually are usually disabled.
The kids smartwatch scene has taken off in the last few years with a host of companies clamoring to get in on the action.Some of these smartwatches are designed to entertain, while some are billed as a way to stay in touch and track your children.Xplora is suggesting the 3S might serve as your child’s first smartphone, because it can accommodate a SIM card to make and take calls.Like a lot of kid’s tech, it comes in an unimaginative choice of blue or pink.It connects to the 2G network and works with most major carriers across Europe.The disclaimer screen creates a messy first impression and the way you add your phone number is less than intuitive — you have to tap a blank box at the top to select the right country code before you put the rest of your number in or it won’t work.
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will be deciding on whether to expand 911 location tracking to other technology calling platforms (pdf) such as VoIP next month.Ajit Pai, FCC Chair, said Tuesday that street address, floor number and suite number should be conveyed via all emergency calls.Pai has produced draft rules that would see "dispatchable location" information provided to emergency responders "regardless of the technological platform used."This includes connected VoIP calls, multi-line telephone systems, fixed telephone services and telecommunications relay services.At the same time, Pai is also pushing the FCC to implement Kari's Law, which would see dial-out requirements -- such as dialing 1 for an outside line in an office building -- removed from 911 calls being made from multi-line phone systems.This includes offices, hotels, hospitals and college campuses.
Under-fire carrier insists on forcing privacy-trashed punters into out-of-court arbitrationT-Mobile US has finally responded to a lawsuit filed in May that accuses it of trashing its customers' privacy by selling off their location data.The case was filed in Maryland, USA, by two T-Mob customers as part of a broader class-action lawsuit against all four major American cell networks, organized by consumer protection law firm Z LAW.The fact that the mobile operators failed to properly review or audit what was done with such sensitive data came to light in May 2018 when Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and asked it to investigate reports that a company that provides phone-calling services for jails was providing real-time location data on mobile phones through a web portal.Wyden noted that the cellular network operators were providing this information to prisons telecommunications supplier Securus which was then providing it to others "for nothing more than the legal equivalent of a pinky promise."It was also not the first time that the FCC had received a complaint about Securus selling location data – it emerged that a lawyer digging into Securus discovered it was also running a location data database and wrote to the FCC outlining his concerns, arguing that it will breaching Section 222 of the US Communications Act which covers the protection of customer data.
Electric scooters have been on the streets in Chicago for just three weeks and they already appear to be causing a disruption.One such incident involves a cyclist who ended up in the emergency room trauma unit after being hit head-on by a scooter rider.Allyson Medeiros was riding his bike home from work in the city's Wicker Park neighborhood at around 5:30 p.m. on June 20, according to his lawyers.But Medeiros was rushed to the hospital with multiple breaks to his jaw, nose, orbit and palate and lacerations requiring more than 20 stitches.Their hope is to identify the hit-and-run scooter rider.Electric scooters, which have become available in around 100 US cities over the last year, are responsible for as many as 1,000 accidents per month.
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Figuring out how to see your Google location history is easy to do in the Google Maps app.When you use Google Maps for navigation, the app stores all your destinations and the routes you took to get there.You can browse your Google Maps travel history and even see photos you took with your phone at each location.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.For many of us, Google Maps has become an essential tool for getting around town (even though Google has been known to occasionally steer people the wrong way).Google Maps keeps a record of everywhere you navigate, and the app makes it easy to see your location history, complete with the exact routes you took to get there.
Email startup Superhuman ruffled some feathers this week thanks to a viral blog post by former Twitter vice president of design Mike Davidson detailing how one of the $30 a month service’s core features was actually a run-of-the-mill privacy-violating tracking pixel that transmits information about recipients, including geolocation, back to the sender every time an email containing it was opened.Now that there’s been a considerable backlash against the firm, Superhuman says it’s canning one of those effective immediately, as well as changing others.Per the Verge, CEO Rahul Vohra says that the company will stop sending geolocation data of recipients to senders, delete its database of existing location data, and will stop setting its read receipts functionality to activated by default.When loaded, they ping the image server they’re hosted on with the information required to download them – such as the IP address of the device they were loaded on (which can be easily tied to geolocation) and the time of download.Vohra wrote in a blog post that Superhuman users will no longer be able to access that geolocation data, writing that the feature’s high potential for abuse for purposes like stalking was the “most severe” criticism raised in Davidson’s post.“I have come to understand that there are indeed nightmare scenarios involving location tracking,” Vohra wrote.
Superhuman, the buzzy and currently invite-only email startup that you might have come across even if you yourself don’t have access if you’ve ever encountered a “Sent via Superhuman” email signature, is making some changes based on community feedback.These include removing location logging altogether, getting rid of all existing location data, and turning read receipts off by default, and making them an opt-in feature for users.The email app’s default email tracking behavior (embedding the commonly used advertising tool of a ‘pixel’ in emails to report back to senders info like whether an email’s been opened or not) raised a number of concerns, centered around this blog post by former Twitter design executive Mike Davidson.Davidson’s post generated a lot of community response, and now Superhuman founder Rahul Vohra has issued a response to that response, including a list of actions that his company is taking to address concerns.Specifically, Superhuman’s product changes are focused around mitigating the potential for abuse of sharing location data – which could be very dangerous in the hands of a sender with ill intent for their recipient.These include immediately stopping any location logging for any emails sent by the service, and also rolling out new version fo the app that don’t show location data in the interface.
One morning a couple of weeks ago, I handed my iPhone to my wife and asked her to help with a privacy experiment.So I left her with the device as I walked into our bathroom to take a shower, simulating an opportunity that I figured would present itself daily to snooping spouses.I'd embarked on this strange exercise with the blessing of a group of researchers who focus on the scourge of "stalkerware," a class of spyware distinguished by the fact that it's typically installed on a target device by someone with both physical access to the phone and an intimate relationship with its owner.After years of neglect, the antivirus industry has finally begun to recognize stalkerware's danger and flag the apps as malicious, a development that's long overdue given that a quarter of women in the US and one in nine men experience some form of physical abuse or stalking by an intimate partner.Mainstream app stores are well-stocked with what those researchers call dual-use applications."When we’re onsite and looking at these cases, it’s a lot of what we’re seeing," said Cornell researcher Diane Freed.
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Data from social commerce websites can provide essential information to business owners before they make decisions that could determine whether a new venture succeeds or fails, a study from Oregon State University shows.Social commerce sites such as the review and recommendation site Yelp collect large amounts of data from a variety of users, including customer opinions, geographical distribution of businesses in a given area, and customer "check-ins" that provide a sense of the foot traffic.That information can provide business owners valuable information about the competitive environment in which they operate or are considering operating in, said the study's lead author, Xiaohui Chang, an assistant professor in OSU's College of Business.Chang and co-author Jiexun Li of Western Washington University developed a tool that uses data collected through a social commerce site, including details such as types of businesses in a neighborhood, their hours, parking availability and other consumer features, to help determine whether one location is more likely to be successful than another."Small business owners, in particular, have a lot of choices when opening a new business, including where to locate," Chang said."With this model, we use existing social commerce data to help you determine which location is going to perform the best."
Back in May, Google announced it would be introducing an option for users of its services to automatically delete their online history, and today the tech giant has begun rolling out the update around the globe.Specifically, Google account holders will be able to choose a time limit of either 3 or 18 months, after which, their location, web, and app history will automatically be deleted.Auto-delete controls for Location History start rolling out today on Android and iOS, making it even easier for you to manage your data → https://t.co/dX1uoqcR8O pic.twitter.com/Oc3fk66QNmJune 26, 2019Users can enable this feature by navigating to your Google account’s Activity Controls page, either on mobile or web, from which you can choose to ‘manage activity’ on either your 'Web & App Activity' or 'Location History' pages.Depending on what’s become available to you, you’ll be able to ‘Choose How Long to Keep’ your data on either, both, or neither of these pages.If you select either the 3 or 18 month options, you’re given the choice to enact this setting from now on, or delete everything outside of that time period retroactively.
Google has begun rolling out features first announced in May that will allow users to set a time limit after which the giant will automatically delete location history rather than continue to hoard it forever, per TechCrunch.Another feature to do the same with web and app histories also appears to have launched.To turn it on, visit your Google account’s Activity Controls page and click “Manage Activity” under the Web & App Activity and Location History sections.There, you’ll find a prompt labeled “choose to delete automatically,” where Google has listed two options for clearing the data: once every three months or once every 18 months.Of course, this is opt-in rather than default, because Google is in the business of gathering this kind of information.But it’s at least better than when users only had the option of remembering to do it manually.
Google has rolled out a new feature that allows its users to have their location data deleted automatically.Previously, you would have to manually delete the data in the Google app's settings section.Google says that it collects this data to improve and customize its app experience but not everyone is comfortable with it keeping a record of their activity.Here's a step by step guide on how to opt-in to the auto-delete feature.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Google is giving users more control over their data.
Before Facebook grabbed the unwanted spotlight, Google was the one always on the hot seat over privacy concerns.To its credit, the company has made it easier for users to control what data Google gathers from them, even if it continues to collect that data.Its latest attempt at simplifying those controls is to automatically delete the location data it gathered from your Web activities.That is, if you remember to set it in the first place.Just before its privacy-centric I/O conference, Google revealed that it will be rolling out a feature that will give users of its devices and services some peace of mind.No longer will they have to remember to clear out their activity history by hand and, instead, let Google delete it for you.
Under fire for the sheer amount of personal data it collects, Google will finally allow you to auto-delete your activity and location history, the company announced Wednesday.Users on both iPhone and Android can now opt in to auto-deletion of sensitive location information after either 3 or 18 months.Right now, the feature only works with your location history, but Google plans to bring the same auto-deletion functionality to web and app activity over the next few weeks.“You should always be able to manage your data in a way that works best for you — and we’re committed to giving you the best controls to make that happen,” David Monsees and Marlo McGriff, Google product managers, wrote on the Google Blog.Anyone who uses Google Maps likely knows just how detailed their tracking can be.For many users, Google records a complete map of everywhere you’ve been every month.
Google is now beginning to roll out its location history auto-delete feature after announcing it back in May.The tool comes after an emphasis on user privacy this past developer conference season, where companies like Google and Apple both said they would begin rolling out tools to let customers have more control over what data they share with the companies or third-party apps.One of the criticisms, however, was that much of the work was still reliant upon the user to set up.Location tracking and web / app activity history on Google, for example, is kept until users manually delete them by default (the company says this is to improve user experience, ad targeting, and search personalizations).With the new tool, you can now set your tracking preferences to delete in three- or 18-month intervals.The good news here is Google says it will delete any data older than 18 months automatically, so even if you forget it set it up, the company will begin to purge data on your behalf no matter what.
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