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Disney allegedly spying on children 

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Show Notes

A report claims that the Walt Disney Company is facing a class-action lawsuit for allegedly not complying with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.

The lawsuit charges that Disney’s approved apps contain tracking technology which gives the company the ability to collect personal information from a user such as their geographical location and internet browsing history. This information is then often sold to third party entities to be used in ad targeting.

The apps that are included in the lawsuit are available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

Here is a list of apps:

  • AvengersNet
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Perfect Match
  • Cars Lightning League
  • Club Penguin Island
  • Color by Disney
  • Disney Color and Play
  • Disney Crossy Road
  • Disney Dream Treats
  • Disney Emoji Blitz
  • Disney Gif
  • Disney Jigsaw Puzzle!
  • Disney LOL
  • Disney Princess: Story Theater
  • Disney Store Become
  • Disney Story Central
  • Disney’s Magic Timer by Oral-B
  • Disney Princess: Charmed Adventures
  • Dodo Pop
  • Disney Build It Frozen
  • DuckTales: Remastered
  • Frozen Free Fall
  • Frozen Free Fall: Icy Shot
  • Good Dinosaur Storybook Deluxe
  • Inside Out Thought Bubbles
  • Maleficent Free Fall
  • Miles from Tomorrowland: Missions
  • Moana Island Life
  • Olaf’s Adventures
  • Palace Pets in Whisker Haven
  • Sofia the First Color and Play
  • Sofia the First Secret Library
  • Star Wars: Puzzle Droids
  • Star Wars: Commander
  • Temple Run: Oz
  • Temple Run: Brave
  • The Lion Guard
  • Toy Story: Story Theater
  • Where’s My Water?
  • Where’s My Mickey?
  • Where’s My Water? 2
  • Where’s My Water? Lite/Where’s My Water? Free
  • Zootopia Crime Files: Hidden Object

HBO and ransom

After making the news last week, the hackers responsible for the HBO data breach are back. Now, they’re demanding a ransom.

The group leaked internal emails, and multiple documents relating to Game of Thrones. In a video letter, the hackers urged HBO to pay the ransom. The hackers claim that HBO is their 17th target and to date only three have failed to pay.

Last week, HBO revealed that thousands of internal documents had been stolen. The update followed the leak of episodes from a bunch of shows, including Ballers, Insecure and Room 104, as well as comedy series Barry.

Password

Remember the tip to change your password every 90 days?

Current guidelines require you to no longer change your password frequently, because people tend to respond by making only small alterations to their existing passwords – like, changing “monkey1” into “monkey2”- which are relatively easy to crack.

Experts also say it is harder to crack a random mix of words than it does for them to guess a word with easy substitutions like “Pa55w0rd” for password.

Tech Bytes

Facebook today announced the launch of an upcoming platform called “Watch,” which is designed to Facebook-exclusive TV shows. Watch is Facebook’s official platform for shows on Facebook, and it will be available on mobile, desktop, and in Facebook’s TV apps. According to Facebook, its shows are “made up of episodes — live or recorded — and follow a theme or storyline.”

Wondering which country, you can visit on your next vacation without the need for a visa? Well, there is a website called VisaDB (Delta, Bravo). Select the country you’re from and which region in the world you would like to visit and VisaDB will show you the countries you can visit without needing a visa. It also specifies how long you can stay, whether you can get a visa on arrival, and displays a comparison of accommodation, transport and food costs between your home and destination countries. You can also look up countries that make it easy to launch a startup; there are plans to eventually add information about which places will let you live, work, study or seek citizenship easily.

And lastly, BlackBerry shares fell as much as 3.6 percent on the Toronto Stock Exchange this week after Goldman Sachs issued a “sell” recommendation on the stock, citing concerns about rising competition in its mobile software business. The “sell” recommendation follows a disappointing quarterly earnings report from BlackBerry in late June. Its shares have tumbled by a third since an early June peak amid concern the company will not be able to meet expectations for sales of fledgling new products, including automotive software.

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