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Apple and Google have reportedly banned a major data broker from collecting location data from users’ phones amid scrutiny over its national security work

Apple and Google have banned X-Mode, a major data broker, from collecting location from users whose mobile devices run iOS and Android, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. The tech giants told developers they must remove X-Mode’s tracking software or risk being cut off from their app stores – and […]
Apple and Google have reportedly banned a major data broker from collecting location data from users’ phones amid scrutiny over its national security work
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How to stop Google from tracking your Android’s location

You can stop Google from tracking your Android device by disabling Google’s “Location History” option, or by disabling specific apps. Google tracks your Android’s location at all times by default, and uses that information to give you traffic information, browsing recommendations, and more. Turning off location tracking may cause certain […]
How to stop Google from tracking your Android’s location
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How to stop Google from tracking your iPhone’s location

You can stop Google from tracking your iPhone by disabling the “Location History” setting. Google apps that you download onto your iPhone track your location to give you real-time traffic information, location tags for your photos, and other features. Many iPhone apps also have their own location settings, which you […]
How to stop Google from tracking your iPhone’s location
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CBP just paid $476K for people’s phone location data from a company that’s under investigation for selling personal data

Customs and Border Protection paid $US476,000 to Venntel, a firm that gathers and sells location data from people’s phones, according to government procurement records published this month. Venntel is currently being investigated by House lawmakers, who have raised concerns about its business of collecting people’s location data and selling it […]
CBP just paid $476K for people’s phone location data from a company that’s under investigation for selling personal data
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Hundreds of thousands of bikers converged at the massive Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, one of the biggest gatherings during the pandemic. Mapping their phone data shows where they travelled across the US.

Hundreds of thousands of bikers converged in Sturgis, South Dakota, in the first week of August for a massive annual rally. It was one of the biggest public gatherings in the US since the COVID-19 outbreak started. Newly released phone-location data shows where people travelled to attend the rally. The […]
Hundreds of thousands of bikers converged at the massive Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, one of the biggest gatherings during the pandemic. Mapping their phone data shows where they travelled across the US.
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Phone location data shows millions of Americans have already started leaving home and travelling more in the past week

Phone location data from millions of Americans’ devices shows how COVID-19 shutdown orders are impacting people’s mobility across the country. The data, gathered by location analytics firm Cuebiq, shows that millions more Americans have started leaving home and travelling to different counties in recent weeks as states reopen. Meanwhile, people […]
Phone location data shows millions of Americans have already started leaving home and travelling more in the past week
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Google location data shows how much daily life is changing in every state

Google published a huge report of location data this week showing how people’s movement has changed during the coronavirus pandemic. The data details changes in attendance at: retail and recreation sites, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential locations. For the US Google broke down the data for […]
Google location data shows how much daily life is changing in every state
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Tile accused Apple of anticompetitive behaviour, and said it got worse after signs it was working on a rival product

Tile, which makes Bluetooth accessories, accused Apple of anticompetitive behaviour that has “gotten worse, not better” in a statement published Wednesday on the House of Representatives website. Tile first testified against Apple at a congressional hearing in January, after the firms’ relationship soured amid ongoing rumours that Apple planned to […]
Tile accused Apple of anticompetitive behaviour, and said it got worse after signs it was working on a rival product
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