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Apple to China: We don’t store or spy on your location

Apple to China: We don’t store or spy on your location

China's state-run broadcaster has called the iPhone a "national security concern" because of its location tracking features, basically the same GPS-based features you can find on any modern smartphone and mobile platform. Apple has now released a statement via it's China office claiming that it does not participate nor does it condone any act of spying using its products. However, the Chinese government might have been looking not for an explanation but for a scapegoat instead.

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Will China’s politicized Apple slam hurt iPhone 6 sales?

Will China’s politicized Apple slam hurt iPhone 6 sales?

Apple has found itself at the heart of a fresh national security storm in China, with the iPhone branded a danger not only to individual users but to state secrets as a tool of the NSA. The accusations, made by state broadcaster China Central TV (CCTV) this week, are being described as the latest example of "post-Snowden" fallout, with the US surveillance activities exposed by whistleblower Edward Snowden raising tensions between the two nations.

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Android sends WiFi location history when screen is off

Android sends WiFi location history when screen is off

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has discovered what could be a serious privacy leak in most recent Android device. According to them, smartphones and tablets running Android 3.1 or later whose screens are turned off are broadcasting their previous WiFi connection history to anyone within WiFi range willing to listen, leaving the user vulnerable to future attacks.

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Blackphone ships for paranoid Androids

Blackphone ships for paranoid Androids

Privacy-promising Blackphone has begun shipping, offering a locked-down version of Android dubbed PrivatOS which claims to address some of the post-Wikileaks concerns about monitoring and tracking. The phone, announced earlier this year and sold unlocked, has access to an encrypted cloud storage service for those wary of Google Drive, uses anonymous browsing by default, and encrypts messages.

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Facebook psych experiment explained, Andreessen chimes in

Facebook psych experiment explained, Andreessen chimes in

Facebook is, unsurprisingly, embroiled in yet another scandal. Surprisingly, it isn't directly related to privacy but comes quite close. The social networking giant has been revealed to have manipulated their news feed ever so slightly in order to see the effects on the moods of its users. Sounds almost harmless until you learn that the findings were recently published in a Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) paper.

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