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Featured: Privacy News Online – Week of October 16th, 2020
Survey finds 85% of smartphone users believe they’re being spied on by a mobile app
A new survey by WhistleOut asked users if they believe an app on their phone spies on them, and if so… which app or apps? And the results are in. Only 15% didn’t think an app was spying on them. In terms of pointing out which app survey respondents think is the spy… 68% fingered Facebook, 53% tattled on TikTok, 45% ogled at Google, and 43% instigated Instagram. Other apps that made the list include Amazon, Snapchat, Twitter, YouTube, Apple, and LinkedIn.
IRS being investigated for tracking American location data without a warrant
The oversight body over the Internal Revenue Service is formally investigating the tax agency for buying location data from a firm called Venntel. The investigation was opened after Senators Ron Wyden and Elizabeth Warren loudly requested it after news came out that the IRS had obtained location data on taxpayers without a warrant. Location data shouldn’t be accessible to government agencies without a warrant thanks to a 2017 Supreme Court ruling.
Google gives IP addresses to police of people who have searched particular keywords or addresses
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