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Technology 7 September 2020

This Week in Internet News: India Bans 118 Apps From Chinese Companies

Grant Gross
By Grant GrossTechnology Reporter

Eyes on you: A U.S. appeals court has ruled that a National Security Agency program that collected call data from millions of U.S. residents was illegal, The Hill reports. The call metadata collection program, exposed by Edward Snowden, was suspended in 2015. The court ruled that the bulk collection of phone records violated laws requiring agencies to seek court orders when collecting investigation-related information from private businesses.

Ban hammer strikes again: The Indian government has banned 118 apps from Chinese companies, including the popular PUBG Mobile shooter game, Indian Express says. The Indian IT ministry says the blocked apps are potential security threats. “In view of the emergent nature of threats [the ministry] has decided to block 118 mobile apps since in view of the information available they are engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, security of the state and public order,” the ministry said.

Privacy delayed: Apple has delayed a release of anti-tracking software in an iPhone operating system update after app developers raised concerns that the tool would destroy their ability to deliver targeted advertising, the Los Angeles Times reports. The new tool would have automatically blocked tracking and would have required apps that wanted to track users to ask for their permission.

Hacking the vote: Russian hackers have attempted to breach two voter registration databases in the U.S., NBC News reports. In one case, the hackers were able to steal 200,000 voter records in Illinois, U.S officials told NBC. U.S. officials accused Russian intelligence agencies of being behind the attacks. It’s unclear what the Russians want to do with the voter information.

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