Trump administration takes a first step toward regulating Facebook, Google

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The US government may soon be looking over Facebook's shoulder to better protect your privacy. Unless Facebook and Google can prevent it, of course.
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The Commerce Dept. is reportedly talking to social networking companies and consumer advocates about rules to protect online privacy. Also included are possible protections for companies that have data breeches.

This is supposedly laying the groundwork for legislation that might be proposed this fall.

Scientists answer the question, are iPhone apps spying on us?

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James Bond is a spy, but what about your iPhone? People want to know.
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Ever been discussing some product to your friends and then had an ad for it appear on your iPhone the next day? It’s happened enough that people want to know “Is my phone listening to me all the time?”

A group of computer scientists decided to test this phobia, which they dubbed panoptispy: the fear that everyone is being spied on.

Google admits third-party developers can read your emails

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Real human developers can read your Gmail messages. But only if you let them.
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Privacy is a hot-button issue in 2018, and the latest target is Google after it was revealed that developers of third-party apps can read your Gmail messages. 

The thing is, you gave the application permission to do that. You just don’t remember. Or weren’t paying attention.

Level up the privacy on all your devices [Deals]

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This single app offers several layers of protection from online security and privacy threats.
This single app offers several layers of protection from online security and privacy threats.
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You don’t need us to tell you that the internet is a dangerous place. Surely you need no reminders of the malware, data thieves, and snoops that swim the interwebs. And if you’re aware of all those threats, you’re probably aware that a VPN is one of the easiest security measures you can take to protect yourself.

Declare your independence from creepy phone calls and texts [Deals]

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Add an anonymous second phone line for business, dating, buying or selling online, and more.
Add an anonymous second phone line for business, dating, buying or selling online, and more.
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You live in a free country, why should you feel trapped by a bad date or a creepy Craigslist seller who has your phone number? Give yourself a second, anonymous number for making calling or texting with people you’d prefer to keep at arm’s length. Right now you can protect your privacy with lifetime access to a second number through Hushed, for just $25 at Cult of Mac Deals.

Here’s What Happens When You Broadcast Your iPhone Screen Live On The Internet

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A screenshot from the iPhone live broadcast.

Your iPhone is more than a phone, it’s part of your life. It knows what you’re doing now (putting out fires with your boss? planning for drinks?), where you’re going for lunch and where you wish you were.

Even if you’re an open book — frequent Foursquare check-ins, Instagramming dinner, Spotifying all over the place — you probably wouldn’t broadcast every single thing you do with your iPhone, right?

That’s just what self-dubbed “interface artist” johannes-p-osterhoff will be doing for a year with his iPhone live project: letting the world see his every email, round of Mega run and lunch date on his Apple device. Berlin-based Osterhoff is a techno-provocateur whose previous exploits include pornifying iPad ads, creating a real-life OS X icon house and playing William Tell with iPhones.

He tells Cult of Mac why he’s doing it, what makes his mom worry and how you can reach him to be part of the project.