Privacy

Tech's most egregious violations of user privacy

People look at smartphones at a store.
A smartphone store in Hong Kong. Photo: Miguel Candela/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Technologies that have become ubiquitous in the daily lives of most Americans — from ride-sharing and dating apps to social media — are using sketchy practices and violating user privacy information, while most of us are unaware.

Why it matters: With tech becoming more and more sophisticated, users don't pay as close attention as they probably should to what they're signing on for, and if their information is being inappropriately used.

Google clarifies how it keeps users' location data

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Google is trying to clarify the way it handles storage of individual users' geolocation data in the wake of critical coverage that exposed inconsistencies in its policies.

The background: An Associated Press story reported earlier this week that many Google services continue to retain location information even after a user has changed a phone's privacy settings not to do so.