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Whoops: Twitter accidentally exposed protected tweets for some Android users over the last four years

Thursday, January 17th, 2019

Just earlier today, Twitter admitted to a bit of an accident. Since November 2014, if you had your account's tweets set as protected, and you used the first-party Twitter Android app, changing specific details like your associated email address may have inadvertently disabled the setting.

Some users that were affected by this problem have been notified, and the associated setting has been returned to its expected, disabled state. However, Twitter can't be sure that it has informed everyone who may have been affected, hence the broader announcement (and our coverage).

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Whoops: Twitter accidentally exposed protected tweets for some Android users over the last four years was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Whoops: Twitter accidentally exposed protected tweets for some Android users over the last four years

Thursday, January 17th, 2019

Just earlier today, Twitter admitted to a bit of an accident. Since November 2014, if you had your account's tweets set as protected, and you used the first-party Twitter Android app, changing specific details like your associated email address may have inadvertently disabled the setting.

Some users that were affected by this problem have been notified, and the associated setting has been returned to its expected, disabled state. However, Twitter can't be sure that it has informed everyone who may have been affected, hence the broader announcement (and our coverage).

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Whoops: Twitter accidentally exposed protected tweets for some Android users over the last four years was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

AT&T and Cricket customers receive texts that their location was used by third parties

Sunday, January 13th, 2019

On the heels of AT&T and other carriers promising (again) to stop proving location data to data aggregation companies, many customers of AT&T its MNVO Cricket have received an interesting text message. They were informed that they had consented to sharing "phone location or other subscriber, account, and device data" with third parties, without actually having consented.

I received multiple copies of the text on my Cricket number, which prompted me to look for additional reports.

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AT&T and Cricket customers receive texts that their location was used by third parties was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Internal documents suggest Facebook might have exploited Android APIs to collect call and text data without permission

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

This March news broke that Facebook had been gathering call, SMS, and MMS metadata through Android for years with questionable levels of consent. Ars Technica suggested that Facebook was exploiting a loophole in Android to harvest call and SMS data without requesting the permission from users. Facebook responded that it was only collecting metadata through Facebook Lite and Messenger, both of which ask users for that permission during setup. The platform's integrity, however, has now been brought into question once more with revelations from internal emails released by the UK Parliament that show employees explicitly discussing how they might avoid any Android permissions request when requesting SMS and call history.

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Internal documents suggest Facebook might have exploited Android APIs to collect call and text data without permission was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Instagram now lets you choose Close Friends to share ‘more personal’ Stories with

Friday, November 30th, 2018

Instagram Stories let you send disappearing messages to your friends, but until now, you had to send them to all your friends. That's changing now, though, as Instagram has announced a new feature that lets you pare your audience for certain Stories down to just a select subset of your followers.

The feature is called Close Friends. You can add and remove followers from the list at any time; they won't know.

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Instagram now lets you choose Close Friends to share 'more personal' Stories with was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google’s revamped Safety Center comes to Europe

Monday, October 8th, 2018

Last month, Google redesigned its Safety Center and added further resources to help you stay safe online. It details important privacy controls and offers tons of tips for protecting you and your family as they surf the web. Google promised to roll it out in 65 languages in the coming weeks, and now it's arrived in six European countries.

From today, users in the UK, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands will be able to access the updated Safety Center.

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Google's revamped Safety Center comes to Europe was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Facebook security flaw hits at least 50 million accounts

Friday, September 28th, 2018

Facebook made an announcement today, but it wasn't the fun kind. Guy Rosen, VP of Product Management at Facebook says that at least 50 million user accounts have been compromised by unknown parties. The social network is taking several steps to safeguard affected accounts, as well as other accounts that have questionable involvement.

Facebook became aware of the attack on Tuesday. The cause was a flaw in the site's code for a feature called "View As" that let you see how your profile looked to another person.

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Facebook security flaw hits at least 50 million accounts was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Opinion: Why does no one get how email apps and Gmail add-ons work?

Friday, September 21st, 2018

There are legitimate security concerns about Google, most recently around its handling of user location data. However, there are a growing number of media outlets and U.S government officials bashing the company for allowing Gmail add-ons and third-party mail clients to read user messages - which is required for them to function.

A few months ago, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was questioned by the U.S. Senate's Commerce and Judiciary committees, as a result of the company's Cambridge Analytica scandal.

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Opinion: Why does no one get how email apps and Gmail add-ons work? was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

New Ghostery Browser arrives with improved speed, ad blocking, and other privacy features [APK Download]

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Some of you might know Ghostery as a handy Chrome extension/Firefox add-on that blocks trackers on websites. What I forgot, though, was that there was also a mobile browser for Android and iOS and it's been around for quite some time. It just got an overhaul yesterday, complete with some enhanced privacy features if you're worried about being tracked online (and I don't blame you).

There are several key highlights that Ghostery notes here:

  • Built-in ad blocker & tracker visibility and control: By default, the Ghostery Privacy Browser removes intrusive ads and clutter, resulting in a cleaner and ultimately faster browsing experience.
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New Ghostery Browser arrives with improved speed, ad blocking, and other privacy features [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Incognito mode in Google Chrome might become ‘Private mode’

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

For privacy-conscious users, Incognito Mode has long been a favorite feature of Google Chrome. It lets you browse the web without maintaining a history or saving information like cookies and form inputs. Other browsers have tended to call it Private Mode, since that's probably a term more people are familiar with, and it looks like Google might be planning to go down that route too.

A couple of tipsters have noticed that the 'Open in incognito tab' option when you long-press a link has been changed to 'Open in private tab,' which could signal that Google is about to change things up for everyone.

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Incognito mode in Google Chrome might become 'Private mode' was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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