Tech companies condemn a new U.K. surveillance proposal, Amazon removes fake medical books, journalist finds 5,400 trackers on his iPhone.
Trending on Reddit, In the most recent move to combat medical misinformation, Amazon removed a list of books that claimed drinking bleach could cure illnesses. These books contained instructions on brewing a bleach mixture and falsely claimed that they could cure malaria and autism. It’s crazy to even consider their effectiveness, but to completely eliminate their chance of hurting anyone, Amazon has decided to ban them permanently.
Lastly, trending on LinkedIn, Geoffery Fowler, technology columnist for the Washington Post, discovered 5,400 trackers on his iPhone that skimmed his data in a single week. The trackers spawned from apps like Yelp, Microsoft OneDrive, Mint, Spotify, and even the publication he was working for. Disconnect, the privacy firm that helped Fowler discover these trackers, said that these trackers could be sending as much as 1.5GB of data per month if left unchecked. Fowler said that his findings are in direct contrast to Apple’s marketing, which touted that iPhone users’ information would stay on their devices.
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