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Google could face additional legal action in Europe over activity and location tracking

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

It's been a tough year for Google in Europe, and it doesn't look to be getting any better. The Mountain View company was slapped with a record $5 billion antitrust fine by the EU Commission this summer, and now it could be in hot water once again due to its location and online activity tracking practices.

In the wake of the huge penalty in July, Google is now having to split up Android, Chrome, and Search in the European Union, pending an appeal of the court's decision.

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Google could face additional legal action in Europe over activity and location tracking was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Report: Apps can track when you uninstall them via push notifications

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

According to a report yesterday by Bloomberg, some Android apps may be using silent push notifications to track if and when you uninstall them, which is alleged to be a violation of both Apple and Google's policies. Ostensibly this is being done to target such users with advertisements designed to win the back, although the tracking providers claim this functionality is designed to gauge response to app updates and changes.

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Report: Apps can track when you uninstall them via push notifications was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Firefox will block tracking scripts by default, starting in 2019

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

Mozilla has always been a strong advocate for internet privacy. More recently, Mozilla has been working on Firefox Focus, a simplified browser that blocks all trackers/cookies and erases browsing data after you close the app. Now the company wants to take privacy a step further, by blocking all tracking scripts by default on the main Firefox browser.

"Many of the harms of unchecked data collection are completely opaque to users and experts alike," Mozilla said in a blog post, "only to be revealed piecemeal by major data breaches.

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Firefox will block tracking scripts by default, starting in 2019 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Phone tracking firms LocationSmart and Securus under fire for data breaches

Saturday, May 19th, 2018

Securus Technologies is a Texas-based company, specializing in providing and monitoring calls to prison inmates. Securus came into the spotlight earlier this month, when a former Missouri sheriff was found using the company's service to repeatedly to track people without a warrant. The New York Times reports that between 2014 and 2017, former sheriff Cory Hutcheson used the service at least 11 times, allegedly tracking a judge and members of the State Highway Patrol.

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Phone tracking firms LocationSmart and Securus under fire for data breaches was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Apps on Android P will no longer be able to monitor your network activity

Monday, May 7th, 2018

Unbeknownst to most users (myself included until recently), Android apps on current and previous versions of the OS get unrestricted access to your network activity. There's no permission for you to accidentally say okay to, it's just allowed for all. This means that any app can detect when another app is connecting to an external server, and while the content is not visible, even just the source of the connection could be used for a nefarious purpose.

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Apps on Android P will no longer be able to monitor your network activity was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Samsung’s Connect Tag is a low-power cellular tracker that only needs to be charged once a week

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Samsung is releasing a new type of tracking tag that can be attached to just about anything and offers smart location notifications over cellular. The Connect Tag was announced yesterday and is the first of its kind to use narrowband network technology (NB-IoT, Cat.M1). This means it can connect to the internet without consuming too much power, leading to a battery life of up to 7 days on a single charge.

The tag can utilize GPS, WPS, and Cell ID to accurately determine location before relaying it to your phone.

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Samsung's Connect Tag is a low-power cellular tracker that only needs to be charged once a week was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Fit v1.64 for Wear 2.0 can now identify strength training exercises and automatically count reps [APK Download]

Monday, April 24th, 2017

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Google Fit stands as one of Google's only flagship apps on Android Wear, and may be the only one of its apps that matters more on a watch than it does on a phone. There's a new version of the app available on the Play Store for both watches and phones, but this update is all about adding a big feature for Wear. There's a new mode for recording strength training and similar activities that involve counting reps.

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Google Fit v1.64 for Wear 2.0 can now identify strength training exercises and automatically count reps [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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