privacy

Some Hangouts messages reportedly being sent to wrong recipients [Update: fixed]

Some Hangouts messages reportedly being sent to wrong recipients [Update: fixed]

Alex Dobie 26

Update: Google says the issue has now been resolved. Original story: Google Talk — the service behind the company's Hangouts messaging platform — appears to be experiencing a fairly major issue this morning, as some users report messages being delivered to unintended recipients. Reports from Twitter suggest that in some cases messages are being routed to users outside the sender's...

Geek.com talks with Steve Kondik and Koushik Dutta about Android security

Geek.com talks with Steve Kondik and Koushik Dutta about Android security

Jerry Hildenbrand 1

Learn about the new privacy tools in CyanogenMod from two of the founding members Looking for a great way to spend 20 minutes? join Geek.com's Russell Holly as he has a great chat with CyanogenMod founder Steve Kondik and Koushik Dutta of CM and ClockWorkMod fame about Android security.  It's plain talk, and focuses mostly on Privacy Guard and PushSMS  -- two new services that help you...

Google's director of privacy steps down, will remain at Google for transition

Google's director of privacy steps down, will remain at Google for transition

Jerry Hildenbrand 6

Alma Whitten, Google's director of privacy, product and engineering, decides to step aside As Forbes first reported earlier in the day, and Google has now confirmed, Alma Whitten is retiring after a decade of work with Google, and as the director of privacy for product and engineering since 2010. She will be replaced by Lawrence You, who has eight years at Google under his belt and is a...

Android developers demystify application security (the sky is not falling!)

Android developers demystify application security (the sky is not falling!)

Jerry Hildenbrand 7

As soon as the schedule for Google I/O 2012's developer sessions was announced, I knew the Security and Privacy in Android Apps session was going to be a must-attend session. The Internet and its FUD machine gives Android security a lot of bad press, and while some of it is warranted, some of it is just sensationalism. Android is a big name and big names in big headlines sell papers.  I...

Verizon says Remote Diagnostics tool doesn't track personal data in the background

Verizon says Remote Diagnostics tool doesn't track personal data in the background

Phil Nickinson 3

Verizon over the weekend dropped word that an impending update to the LG Revolution would include a Verizon Remote Diagnostics app — a "new customer care solution to improve device issue diagnosis during customer support calls." We've gotten some more detail on exactly what that entails, and it's not really anywhere near as scary as you might think. A Verizon spokesman tells us that it'...

YouMail makes it easy to block unwanted numbers from calling with just one click

YouMail makes it easy to block unwanted numbers from calling with just one click

Jared DiPane 11

  Sometimes having a cell phone as your main line can be more of an inconvenience than a convenience, especially when it comes to unwanted unsolicited phone calls. Google Voice has offered the ability to block unwanted calls for quite some time now, but not everyone wants to transfer their phone number to that service. Recently the folks at YouMail have updated both Visual Voicemail...

Editorial: Privacy is paramount, but enough with the inquisitions already

Editorial: Privacy is paramount, but enough with the inquisitions already

Phil Nickinson 31

Oy vey! According to a report from Reuters (via Phonescoop), U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., has called for the Federal Trade Commission to investigate "reports that applications on the Apple Inc and Google Inc mobile systems steal private photos and contacts and post them online without consent." OK, folks. Let's see if we can't explain this again. There was a report in the New York...

Carrier IQ unveils tool operators can use to open up about data collected from your phone

Carrier IQ unveils tool operators can use to open up about data collected from your phone

Phil Nickinson 6

Carrier IQ cares. Or, rather, for Carrier IQ, it's all about care. The much-maligned California analytics company has weathered the Great Privacy Scandal of 2011 and today at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona announced a new product for its customers -- the operators -- to give greater transparency to consumers -- that's you and me -- regarding data being collected from your...