An analysis of 12 popular apps’ privacy policies reveals a number of concerns, including confusing privacy messages and unnecessarily long data retention windows.
These stowaways can do a lot of damage.
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Invasive species cause billions of dollars in damage across the US every year. Hikers and backpackers can take simple steps to avoid spreading seeds and making the problem worse.
Canada’s proposed Consumer Privacy Protection Act prohibits online consent processes that are deceptive or misleading.
Whether or not Bill C-27 moves companies away from deceptive design in apps and websites depends on how, and if, the Canadian government holds companies accountable for their actions.
Conversational chatbots have risen in popularity recently, but when it comes to mental health, companies and users must be cautious about how they use the technology.
AI chatbots can provide people with immediate help, but the technology is still far from capable of replacing human therapists.
Social media developers design apps and platforms to create dependencies in users.
Addiction to social media can affect the emotional well-being of adolescents and young adults. But staying offline — even for only a few hours a day — can help.
Going online often involves surrendering some privacy, and many people are becoming resigned to the fact that their data will be collected and used without their explicit consent.
Many people have become resigned to the fact that tech companies collect our private data. But policymakers must do more to limit the amount of personal information corporations can collect.
In a remarkable shift, pro sports leagues like the NFL have eagerly embraced gambling.
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With few regulations in place, gambling companies are going all-in to attract as many customers as possible – with younger, sports-obsessed and smartphone-savvy Americans particularly vulnerable.
Tax season is soon upon us, making it an opportune time to make Canada’s taxation system more democratic.
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Tax season is fast approaching, but there are limited opportunities for Canadians to influence how their taxes are spent. Here’s how a new innovation could lead to a more democratic tax system.
About half the population of people taking regular medicines don’t take them as prescribed. Here are some tips to help you remember.
Same app, same app store, different risks if you download it in, say, Tunisia rather than in Germany.
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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.
The internet has become a new player in plant care advice.
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Plant care advice abounds on TikTok, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube – but not all of it is good. A plant expert debunks four common recommendations.
A driver checking the Uber App.
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Drivers claim that algorithms are skewed against them on ride-hailing platforms.
The company has managed to change some of its practices, but it is still butting heads with regulators and governments.
Social media is flush with advice urging non-menstruating people to use period tracking apps in order to trip up the apps’ algorithms.
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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.
Users don’t expect that a more convenient way to get coffee will lead to privacy violations.
The Tim Hortons consumer app was found to have collected detailed user information, including location data. As a privacy violation, this challenges perception of Tim Hortons as a trusted brand.
More and more people are experimenting with mental health apps and discovering their benefits and limits.
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How do mental health apps compare to in-person therapy? A social worker and expert on technology and human services explains.
In an age of distraction, the desire to read faster and more efficiently is understandable.
The claims made by the creators of the app – which highlights parts of words to supposedly enhance users’ reading abilities – are dubious.
TikTok can be used as a tool to educate and has been a space for sharing information during major events.
In today’s episode we take a look at how TikTok can be used as a tool to educate and has been a space for sharing information during major events in the last two years.
Apps are designed to encourage desired behaviours, sometimes with perverse consequences for users.
The use of “gamification” in stock trading and other apps raises new legal challenges. Existing legal tools should be adapted to meet these challenges.
The study found most use Tinder casually because they’re bored, playing with the app like a kind of smartphone game - even though many use it to find true love.