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Social video App TikTok reported to have violated Google policies

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  • The Android App have reportedly collected the MAC addresses of the users for at least 15 months
  • The practice came into light through a journalistic investigation
  • The use of the app was banned in India and US prior to the new report

 

Wall Street Journal investigation have uncovered the malpractice

The Android version of the Chinese video sharing social networking service TikTok is reported to have been using an overlaying encryption to disguise a plan to track the users by collecting the MAC address of their device which had violated the Google policies. An investigation led by the Wall Street journal said that TikTok had been continuing the practice for over 15 months until the latest version of the application came into existence last November.

The app is said to have exploited a loophole that had been prevailing in the Android. It is said to have gathered the fixed identifier without informing its users.

Responding to the reports

Tiktok did not contradict the fact of the matter. A statement sent by a TikTok spokeswomen asserted that the app has never shared the user’s data with the Chinese government. The statement read:

Under the leadership of our Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Roland Cloutier, who has decades of experience in law enforcement and the financial services industry, we are committed to protecting the privacy and safety of the TikTok community. We constantly update our app to keep up with evolving security challenges, and the current version of TikTok does not collect MAC addresses. We have never given any TikTok user data to the Chinese government nor would we do so if asked.

Exploiting the loophole

Foreseeing the security danger in the iOS , Apple in 2013 had prevented third party developers from collecting MAC addresses of iPhone users. The practice was later followed by Google in 2015 and restricted Android apps in the Play store from collecting the users MAC addresses and IMEI numbers. TikTok is supposed to have acknowledged the flaw in the system and used a “more circuitous route”.

Wall Street Journal has conducted an inquiry into this and reported that more than 350 applications in the Google Play store have taken advantage of the loophole. Google is yet to respond to the news.

Earlier this week, the US posed a ban on the application citing security threats. India also banned TikTok last month.

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New WhatsApp Feature Enables same Account on Multiple Devices

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  • The feature was reported by the website WABetaInfo
  • A new iOS application by the messaging app is also rumoured to be in development
  • This might be an interface between Android and iOS users

A reported hearsay

Facebook owned WhatsApp messaging app has been reported on the development of a new feature which will allow users to use the same WhatsApp account on up to four devices. The new feature was tracked down by the website WABetaInfo, which features a beta version of the free messaging app.

The launch of the multi-device support feature was not officially announced but it has been rumoured that the company has been working on this feature to create an interface for both Android and iOS users.

New-feature can save a lot of data

Normally, while needing to use the application on a secondary device, it requires Wi-Fi connection to load the chat history, which utilises a large amount of data. It was only operational on a single device with the only option to access it on WhatsApp Web.

With the launch of the new feature, WhatsApp will allow other devices (up to four) to be connected to the main device slightly later than WhatsApp desktop. This means the accessibility of WhatsApp Desktop without internet connection. It will be possible to use the account from a second device after the chat history has been copied to it.

Once the device synchronizes the data, there is no need for the primary device to stay connected. The encryption keys, however, will be changed every time the user adds or removes a device.

The feature is still on the way of making its final development. However, the WhatsApp community is hoping that the release of the latest feature will take place soon.

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Recently, WhatsApp has been rolling many new features  

The social media app, with 2 billion users now, has been introducing new features in the recent months. Last week, WhatsApp came up with an additional search feature to debunk the spread of fake news. After the launch of the multi-device support system, it also set to release a long-time rumoured iPad application.

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Currencycloud Spark Sets The FinTech Community Abuzz

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  • Currencycloud announces the release of Currencycloud Spark and it has already attracted the attention of Financial Tech companies
  • The release of Currencycloud Spark has already captured the attention of Financial. Tech companies like Starling, TranSwap, and Remitr

Currencycloud announces the release of Currencycloud Spark and it has already attracted the attention of Financial Tech companies like Starling, TranSwap, and Remitr. Currencycloud is a global payments platform that is fully cloud-based to assist in B2B cross border payments. It was founded in 2012, and since then has rapidly expanded its reach and now it functions in 180 countries and has already processed upwards of US$65 billion, making it one of the biggest names in FinTech.

Currencycloud announces the release of Currencycloud Spark and it has already attracted the attention of Financial Tech companies. It acts as a backdrop process while companies and consumers deal with each other.

The platform integrates to the current framework with ease and has the following features:

  1. It supports named customer accounts for a personalized experience
  2. It supports flexible credit and debt payments
  3. The costs of transactions are reduced due to automation.

The company talks about simplifying the international transaction process to be as effortless as possible and provided a hypothetical example of a US-based company selling commodities to a UK based firm. 

Currencycloud in its press release said, “For too long businesses around the world have faced unacceptable levels of friction when trading with each other.” It also added that payment processes and information would be “opaque, expensive and protracted”. 

Spark’s pilot program had been announced back in 2019 and it was circulated like wildfire, causing much stir among the global FinTech community. Since then Starling has helped its SMB customers open USD accounts, TranSwap has been using Spark’s own program to develop its Global Borderless Virtual Account platform and Remitr has launched a similar Global Business Account.

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Tesla Twitter Critic Randeep Hothi sued Elon Musk for Defamation

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  • The legal action against the SpaceX owner was taken after the former accused the Tesla critic of almost killing Tesla employees and calling him a liar and a terrorists
  • Tesla had previously sought a restraining order against Hothi claiming he hit the security guard with his car

Another defamation suit

A University of Michigan Student and long time critic for Tesla Twitter, Randeep Hothi, has filed a defamation suit against Tesla Inc. CEO after the latter accused Hothi of killing people. The charging documents were filed in Alameda County Supreme Court.  However, the charges were not made public until Friday due to court backlogs, stated Hothi’s attorney D.Gill Sperlein.

Randeep Hothi is a Tesla critic who goes by the Twitter account @skabooshka in which he monitored the vehicle manufacturer’s claims regarding automation, technology, and production processes. Sperling stated that the account was in fact “ social experiment through crowdsourcing information related to his social science doctorate work.”

Two incidents provoked Hothi

The defamation charges were lodged based on two incidents that took place in 2019. The first one took place in February when Hothi was confronted by the security guard and the security systems flagged his license plate when he entered the Fremont sales center.

The second incident took place in April of the same year, in which Tesla filed a civil restraining order against Hothi for stacking a security guard and swerving his car toward a Tesla Model 3 vehicle. However, the case didn’t survive in court. Charges against Hothi were dropped after Tesla failed to submit video evidence in the court.

Continuing the feud

Musk however took the dispute to another level when he started spreading social media hate campaigning against Hothi and other employees. An email written to a website editor was published by Greenspan on Twitter which received over 400,000 ‘impressions’ according to the complaint.

Earlier Hothi had fact-checked the production rate of Tesla’s “alien dreadnought” hyper automated Model 3 vehicles. He had also documented the construction of Tesla’s Model 3 assembly line Tent.

 

 

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