Tag Archive for Privacy

Telegram Call

Telegram launches voice calls for western Europe

Telegram is promising that its new voice calling service will offer a secure way of staying in touch with contacts. The instant messaging service has been testing the feature for some months, with the roll-out now beginning in western Europe.

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Evernote - Android app - photo note

Evernote abandons new privacy policy

After announcing a new privacy policy that proved highly controversial, Evernote has backtracked and issued a statement saying that the changes will not be implemented. The reversal came after a growing backlash, with concern about the ability of Evernote staff to read users’ notes.

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Evernote - Android app

Under-fire Evernote releases statement amid privacy concerns

Evernote CEO Chris O’Neill has defended his company’s new privacy policy, following growing concern amongst users. The revised document allows for Evernote staff to access users’ content, a situation which O’Neill has sought to explain.

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Threema - Android instant messaging app

Threema instant messenger to launch web client

The privacy-focussed instant messaging service Threema is working on a major upgrade that will see its service become much more widely accessible. Threema is currently testing a web interface in private beta, although a full public launch is due early next year.

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Norwegian Consumer Council - Runkeeper privacy violation complaint

Runkeeper accused of violating European privacy law

The Norwegian Consumer Council has reported the American company behind Runkeeper to the data protection authority, in Norway. Following testing of the fitness app, the consumer council believes that data is captured and transmitted, even when Runkeeper is not being used.

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WhatsApp - end-to-end encryption

WhatsApp goes private with end-to-end encryption

In a highly significant move, WhatsApp has announced its support for end-to-end encryption. The security feature has been rolled out immediately, and is enabled for all users of the mobile messaging service.

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ProtonMail Android app

Official ProtonMail app released for Android

There is some great news for fans of the encrypted email system ProtonMail, as the team behind the service has released an Android app. The email provider, which is based in Switzerland, has been steadily growing in popularity since its launch in 2014.

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Wire - private messaging and video calling app for Android

Wire introduces encrypted video calls

Given the widespread concerns that exist around the world about surveillance, the growing popularity of messaging apps that are designed to protect users’ privacy is no surprise. Now Wire, which is backed by Skype co-founder Janus Friis, has added encrypted video messaging to the mix.

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Telegram messenger - Android app

Impressive growth sees Telegram hit 100 million active users

The team behind the instant messaging app Telegram has revealed that the service now has 100 million active users. And growth is strong too, with Telegram adding 350,000 new users every day.

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Android App ops

EFF warns against updating to Android 4.4.2 KitKat over privacy fears

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has hit out at Google after it emerged that the App Ops interface was removed from Android in the recent 4.4.2 update. App Ops was introduced with Android 4.3, making it possible to disable specific permissions for individual apps.

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