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Twitter, Facebook launch tools to track advertising

Twitter on Thursday made it easier for users to identify political campaign ads and know who paid for them, as social media platforms faced the threat of U.S. regulation over the lack of disclosure on such spending. The microblogging site launched ‘Ads Transparency Center’ to allow anyone to view ads that have been put on Twitter, with greater transparency about U.S. federal election campaign ads. The tool follows Twitter’s recently launched political campaign ads policy and a similar move by Facebook Inc, which…

Thousands of android apps tracking children’s data: study

Children are becoming tech-savvy and some may argue it’s the need of the hour, but an alarming research has surfaced claiming that more than 3,300 smartphone apps have been improperly collecting data on children. A study of 5,855 Android apps on Google Play found that more than half of them were potentially violating US privacy laws that protect children under 13 from invasive data collection. The researchers from the International Computer Science Institute used a new automated system to determine whether the apps…

Facebook fuels broad privacy debate by tracking non-users

SAN FRANCISCO: Concern about Facebook’s respect for data privacy is widening to include the information it collects about non-users, after Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said the world’s largest social network tracks people whether they have accounts or not. Privacy concerns have swamped Facebook since it acknowledged last month that information about millions of users wrongly ended up in the hands of political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, a firm that has counted US President Donald Trump’s 2016 electoral campaign…

WhatsApp will soon let you track your friends

WhatsApp is reportedly working on a new feature that would allow users to track their contacts in real time. WhatsApp launched the beta for iOS and Android which had several new and interesting features including the Live Location tracking. However, a Twitter user WABetaInfo has pointed out that the Live Location feature can display the real-time location to those users who use Whatsapp chat group. The revelation of the feature would have raised concerns with regards to privacy, but it is not exactly clear where…

Google defeats most claims in browser tracking lawsuit

CALIFORNIA: A U.S. appeals court upheld the dismissal of federal claims and revived two California state law claims accusing Google of invading computer users' privacy by enabling the placement of "cookies" in their browsers to track their Internet use.