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Same app, same app store, different risks if you download it in, say, Tunisia rather than in Germany. NurPhoto via Getty Images

The same app can pose a bigger security and privacy threat depending on the country where you download it, study finds

Mobile apps are sometimes ‘regionalized’ to better serve the needs of users, functioning differently in, for example, China than in Canada. But some of those differences pose security and privacy risks.
Social media is flush with advice urging non-menstruating people to use period tracking apps in order to trip up the apps’ algorithms. Westend61 via Getty Images

No, submitting junk data to period tracking apps won’t protect reproductive privacy

It would take huge numbers of people submitting bad data to affect the algorithms behind period tracking apps, but even then it would be more harmful than helpful.
Apps are designed to encourage desired behaviours, sometimes with perverse consequences for users. (Shutterstock)

Using gaming tactics in apps raises new legal issues

The use of “gamification” in stock trading and other apps raises new legal challenges. Existing legal tools should be adapted to meet these challenges.

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