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    Android apps stealing data without permission
    I just checked out that article about how apps such as Shutterfly are grabbing people's data despite having been told no. How are they getting away with this? Google says it will fix it with Android Q, but plenty of people won't get that for a while, maybe never. It's on Cnet/Washington Post.
     
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    how are you surprised? privacy went out the window a long time ago. i don't get all worked up like some here about privacy.
     
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    More like Android apps are stealing data with permission.

    I'm sure many users just click through and "agree" without reading the important things.
    Screenshot_20190710_103727.jpg

    Are companies like Shutterfly not abiding by their own ToS and privacy policy statements?
     
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    i think the only thing that creeps me out is alexa and probably google home speakers. the fact that they listen in and uses the data that it hears, is kind of creepy.
     
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    A friend gave me a Huawei smart speaker, that only understands Mandarin. But I've got no intention of activating the "smart" feature, and just use it in Bluetooth only mode.
     
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    Alexa, Google assassiant, google speakers, portal inventions, pod casts, come now. Just type and post photos, you do not have to tell the goverment everything. :)

    (Unless you are intel and figure out the "My activity" on google.)
     
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    This is about apps that should not have permission to access certain information such as location, either because they don't ask for the permission or because the user doesn't grant it, collecting that information anyway. And the way they do it is they get it from other apps using the same SDK, something that in security parlance I'd call a back door.

    If Google were serious about privacy they'd simply ban all apps using this SDK (from a certain Chinese search company) until they fixed it. But let's just remember that Google do something similar: if you turn off location history in your Google settings they build a location history for their use, without telling you, from your app and web history (if you allow them to collect that, which is of course the default). So you may as well except Zuckerberg to care about your privacy as Google.
     
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    Have you seen about the Amazon package stings? Amazon supplies the packages, tape, and stickers that make it look as if something expensive is in there. Then they leave the stuff out for porch pirates to grab. Of course there's gps which gets them caught, and it's all tied in with those fancy Amazon doorbells that record whoever's there. A lot of this is to get people afraid and thinking that they need security cameras at home, which means Amazon can sell a lot of doorbells. Probably most of the profit is not in the hardware but in some monthly charge (I guess) for remote monitoring. I bet that adds up after a while. It reminds of this show where cops leave a car just sitting there with the keys in it and inevitably some idiot comes along and drives off in it. Then the cops remotely shut it down and lock the doors and they've caught their fish.
     
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