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Apple sold out kids' privacy yesterday under the guise of 'screen time' apps

I am far from an Apple "hater" - I applaud a great many of the company's decisions around its products and the more fully-baked state in which it tends to execute them (except keyboards, apparently). But yesterday during the onslaught of WWDC announcements, Apple quietly put the lid back on a boiling pot of a controversy, and it has seriously soured the company's messaging for me on respecting privacy.

Last year, after Apple introduced built-in screen time parental controls into iOS, it began to slowly cull similar - but not functionally the same - apps from the App Store. It did so under what, to me, is a perfectly fair piece of reasoning: these apps were all using VPNs or iOS's MDM (an enterprise device management system) explicitly for the purpose of monitoring a person's activity on their iOS device.

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Telegram 5.7 further enhances privacy, improves group and channel features, and more

To get June started off right, Telegram just released v5.7 for Android. The main focus continues to be on privacy and improving those elements, but there's more, too. This update also comes with probably my favorite cartoon yet.

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Google will crack down on app access to Drive files in the name of user privacy

Last year, Google began cracking down on third-party applications and services that could access Gmail. New restrictions were put in place to prevent unwanted behavior, and some applications were required to undergo security assessments. The response from most people has been largely positive, though there have been a few app casualties. As announced in a blog post, Google's next target for cracking down on bad third-party behavior appears to be Drive.

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You can now ask Alexa to delete all your voice recordings from the day

The world is slowly waking up from a full trust in digital companies deep somber and realizing that privacy and security do matter a lot. Google, Amazon, Facebook, and other behemoths have started changing the way they do things, putting more control in the hands of users, especially when it comes to which of their data is stored and where it's used. Amazon is following along that path today by introducing a way for you to quickly delete all your Alexa voice recordings from the day.

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Google Pay privacy settings are being kept a little too private, but Google's working on a fix

Living in Google's world means giving it a lot of your data, so it's important to take a peek at your privacy settings from time to time. You can't do that in Google Pay right now without a lot of leg work. A botched system update on Google's end has apparently hidden the privacy settings from most users, but Google is working on it.

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Google makes it easier to control your data from Assistant

Google has been trying to be more transparent with the information it collects lately. After launching the My Activity site back in 2016, it recently let users delete their "OK Google" recordings from its databases. The company is continuing to make it easier to review what it has on you, as it just added an option to access your Assistant data directly into the app's settings.

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Nest announces new privacy commitments, option to migrate to Google account for added security (Updated)

Nest's business model involves sticking internet-connected HD cameras in people's homes, so naturally, security is essential. Nest has announced a new commitment to privacy and security. Nest promises to be more open about what it does with your data, and you'll have the option of migrating to a Google account.

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[Update: Search app] Google rolling out one-tap access to account settings, privacy features in its apps

Google has brought privacy controls to the fore with the introduction of revised interfaces in several of its apps and new features such as the ability for users to auto-delete their location and web activity history. We've got another batch of these changes at I/O 2019, including an easy way to access their Google account settings as well as Incognito Mode browsing.

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Android Q Beta 3 adds location sharing reminders for background apps

Android Q already introduced a new feature that allows users to restrict an app's access to location data so it is only available while the app is in the foreground. Along with this change, a new screen was also added to Settings that gives users far more visibility of current settings and which apps have recently used this access to get your position. A new aspect of these enhancements was introduced during the Google I/O keynote that will give reminders to users when an app is accessing location while sitting in the background.

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[Update: OnePlus responds] OnePlus 6/6T users in India wary of Tencent involvement in File Manager app

The latest OxygenOS Open Betas for the OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T bring a new storage-cleaning feature to Indian users. But some of them are concerned about the updated File Manager app as Chinese internet giant Tencent is now involved with it. The app uses an odd permissions scheme and there are concerns about how these changes will affect user data and OnePlus's commitment against bloatware.

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