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ICYMI: Dec 21 - Dec 27

ICYMI: Dec 21 - Dec 27

ICYMI is posted every Monday recapping privacy news over the last week from around the web.

Menstruation apps store excessive information, privacy charity says

A study of five leading apps by Privacy International, a UK-based charity, found that companies held intimate information on users including answers to questions about when they have yeast infections and how often they have sex or see a gynaecologist.
The research found Flo, a period tracker and pregnancy app, keeps data on what users write in their “notes” section. They stored the answers to a range of questions including how hard it is for women to orgasm. Another section of the app lets users write what medication they are taking which is also accessible to the platform.

Flo shares data with a number of outside companies, which they say is to improve how the app works.
Clue, an app produced by Biowink, had potential access to users’ birthdays, if the birth control section had been filled, and if Fitbit was enabled. Every time a user interacts with the app, the information is collected and stored and tied to a device ID and location. The company shares data with a number of external parties.

No app is immune to this kind of data collection


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Coming soon to Telegram: Ads

Our massive public one-to-many channels can have millions of subscribers each and are more like Twitter feeds. In many markets the owners of such channels display ads to earn money, sometimes using third-party ad platforms. The ads they post look like regular messages, and are often intrusive. We will fix this by introducing our own Ad Platform for public one-to-many channels – one that is user-friendly, respects privacy and allows us to cover the costs of servers and traffic.

And the slippery slope begins. Telegram wasn't private by default to begin with and this doesn't help its case. If you're looking for true private communications, check out some other options.

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