“Some of the most popular apps in some of the most popular categories are stealing your most personal, private data and handing it over to Facebook, Google, and other ‘analytics companies,” Rene Ritchie writes for iMore.
“Why are they doing this? Because the Facebooks and Googles are pressuring and bribing them to, so they can better fill out our profiles and shadow profiles, and better bundle us up for their data exploitations businesses,” Ritchie writes. “But it doesn’t really **** matter why they’re doing it. It’s abhorrent and egregious enough simply that they’re doing it.”
“Facebook is sticking to deny, dissemble, deflect, and Google is… either apologizing when they get caught or hiding and hoping our attention span is too short for them to face any consequences,” Ritchie writes. “It’s disappointing if not surprising this activity isn’t expressly illegal everywhere. Data theft is still theft and this type of stuff happens so frequently, even with policies, even with fines, that the only way to stop it seems to be by making sure it’s criminal. That if you fail to disclose what data you’re taking and who you’re sharing it with, you’ll face charges. You’ll go to jail… And until that happens, the platform owners, Apple, and Microsoft, and yes, even and especially Google needs to hold every app and every developer accountable.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Google needs to developer accountable? Heh. Good luck with that.
Google needed to be broken up five years ago (at least). Currently, Google’s accountable to nobody.
You give apps your sensitive personal information, then they tell Facebook, even if you have no connection to Facebook – February 22, 2019
Apple blocks Facebook from running all of their internal iOS apps by revoking distribution certificate – January 30, 2019
Apple bans Facebook’s ‘research’ app that paid teens to install VPN that spies on them – January 30, 2019
Hidden documents reveal how Facebook made money by bamboozling children – January 18, 2019
Roger McNamee: I mentored Mark Zuckerberg. I loved Facebook. But I can’t stay silent about what’s happening. – January 17, 2019
Apple CEO Cook calls for U.S. Congress to pass comprehensive federal privacy legislation in TIME op-ed – January 17, 2019
Senator Marco Rubio introduces privacy bill to create federal regulations on data collection – January 16, 2019
Apple endorses comprehensive privacy legislation in U.S. Senate testimony – September 26, 2018
Also criminal is the fact that those of us who have deliberately not signed up to Facebook, Google and others still have their data stolen.
Google should be treated like a public utility. They make money from you just by your use of the internet. That demands regulation. Same for Facebook, and yes, Apple.
The majority Capitalist and Libertarian US Congress wrote the laws that way. Why should the US Congress protect the general public from being spied upon when the specific public, such as the acquisitive corporation, pays it not to?
I am with you on this.
I don’t want my os provider as my censor. I will censor myself.
It’s the LAW that needs to handle this, not a company. So eff off!
Believe it or not..there are plenty of people that are ok with handing over their data. I’ve even heard people say they want targeted ads. It is the new Stockholm syndrome for people committed to Android.