FCC Set to Fine Carriers For Sharing Location Data

Following an investigation in which the FCC found carriers broke the law by selling customer location data, the agency is poised to levy significant fines.

Google Cracking Down On How Android Apps Use Location Data

Google is making some welcome changes to how Android apps handle location data, making it easier for users to protect theirs.

FCC Finds Carriers Broke the Law by Selling Location Data

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has found that wireless carriers violated federal law in selling customer location data to third-parties. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has sent a letter to several lawmakers informing them of the results of the agency’s investigation.…

Verizon Launches OneSearch, A Privacy-Focused Search Engine

Verizon has announced the launch of OneSearch, a brand-new search engine focused on privacy, according to a press release. Privacy is increasingly becoming a major factor for tech companies, governments and users alike. The European Union’s Genera Data Protection Regulation…

Apple Explains iPhone 11 Frequent Location Checking

Apple has finally explained behavior that lead some to believe new iPhones or iOS 13.x had a privacy bug. Security researcher Brian Krebs discovered that the iPhone 11 Pro “intermittently seeks the user’s location information even when all applications and…

Google Sued by Australian Consumer Watchdog Over Location Data

The International Business Times (IBT) is reporting that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has filed suit against Google claiming the tech giant misleads consumers about how it collects and uses their data. The ACCC claims Google used “highly…

Facebook Uses Check-In Data To Find World’s Top “Social Landmarks”

It’s summer and that, of course, means travel. And when people go places, the common thing for them to do in the last few years is check-in and let all of their friends know exactly where they are and what…

A Look at Google’s Location-Based Mobile Alerts Patent

As pointed out by Endgadet, Google owns the right to a patent that, according to its title, is a “Location-based mobile device alarm,” an idea that will surely please those of you who worry about the collection of location data…

Malls Planning to Track Smartphones During Black Friday?

Location data, and the privacy issues related to the subject are a touchy subject, especially among those who value their privacy. With that in mind, would you go shopping on the day after Thanksgiving if you knew the store(s) you…

iPhone Fireflies Look Awesome

Whatever your feelings are about mobile device tracking, the fact is, it’s a reality we live with. Even before the iPhone location data hoopla hit the wires, mobile devices, particularly with phones, were known to be easy to track. Every…