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Which Apps Gather Your Gmail and Facebook Data, and How To Disconnect Them?

If you’ve been using Gmail or Facebook for a while, chances are good you’ve purposely or inadvertently granted at least a few apps permission to connect to those accounts, “Login with Facebook” or “Login with Gmail”, and if that’s true, you’ve also granted them permission to gather certain data from you. Here’s how to find […]

Vizio Internet TVs Tracking Owner Habits

Last week many consumers learned for the first time that their internet-enabled Vizio TVs from model year 2014 going forward have been spying on their viewing and web surfing habits.     From Time Magazine: TV maker Vizio is paying $2.2 million to settle charges that it tracked owners’ viewing habits, then turned around and […]

Alexa, Witness To A Murder? Yes. But No, Alexa’s STILL Not Spying On You.

The internet’s all aflutter with the news: Alexa, the digital assistant inside Amazon’s Echo, Dot and Tap, witness to a murder? Yes, it’s true. But pay no attention to those hysterical, pearl-clutching headlines and conspiracy theorist comment threads: if anything, the reports on this should only reassure you Alexa is not spying on you.   […]

Google’s My Activity Lets You Browse & Edit Your Google Activity History

Now that users of Google services like Chrome, Google News, Google Maps, Google Books, YouTube and so on know Google collects their online activity and browsing history for marketing purposes, those consumers have been clamoring for more and better controls over the data Google is gathering from them. This week Google has finally come through, […]

Turn Off This Invasive Facebook App Feature

If you use the Facebook mobile app you may have noticed something odd lately. The ‘Suggested Friends’ area may be showing you faces that look vaguely familiar, but they’re actually just strangers you’ve passed by out in public.     According to CNET: Facebook is using your phone’s location to match you with fellow Facebook […]