This week, New Mexico's attorney general filed a lawsuit against Tiny Lab, an app developer behind games like Fun Kid Racing, as well as advertising companies including Google and Twitter, alleging that they violated children’s privacy laws by tracking and sharing data for users under the age of 13.
Particularly, Wardle says the program tries different tactics to get information about the other software running on a user's computer.'This app is horrible, it just blatantly violates so many Apple App Store guidelines.'Patrick Wardle, Digita SecuritySome programs, like trustworthy antivirus scanners, use this capability safely and legitimately, but App Store apps aren't supposed to be able to access it from inside their sandboxes.
Notably, all apps must return results consistent with what 23andMe itself claims, limiting those apps’ utility.The company says qualified researchers will still have access to raw genetic data, provided that customers have consented to share their information through the API.
Today, Mozilla, the company behind the popular Firefox browser, said it will take more aggressive measures to protect users' privacy.Future versions of Firefox will automatically block tracking codes placed by so-called third parties, advertisers or other firms that are not the website publisher; users won’t need to take any additional action.
Don’t sweat the details; the net of all this hackery is a table with your personal data plus a browser cookie or mobile device ID, which allows, say, a pharmacy chain that knows your phone number (which you entered at checkout to save 5 percent) to link all your purchases to your online presence.Facebook lives in a walled garden where no data leaves and very little enters.Together, these relatively small players provide an alternative targeting ecosystem that competes with Facebook’s one-stop-shop.