In 2019, the FaceApp was popular, with which you put an age filter over your photo. It turned out to be a Russian app in which European privacy legislation may not apply. Your photo, IP address and smartphone data were stored via the app. Your face was therefore in a database. You are not sure if anything is being used for identity theft.
In the same year, the American app builder Tiny Lab was reprimanded. The company makes apps for children and has been accused of tracking users (including underage users) and selling their data, such as device location.
What do you give permission for?
It is often unclear what you as a consumer give permission for. Who checks the cookie notification of a website? How many people view all terms and conditions after downloading an app? Almost nobody.
That is where the risk of the current model lies. What happens to your data is diffuse. You usually have no idea. In the case of a cookie notification from (for example) a news site, take a look at ‘third parties’ or ‘partners’ with whom your data is shared. Such as your click behavior and precise location. You will be amazed with how many games that is.
Oh well, innocent surfing on a news site or in an app, that can’t hurt, can it? Yet your click behavior (with your interests), the times, location data, telephone or computer data say a lot about you. You fit into a profile to ‘target’.
Combine that with data that becomes Software Managers Email List accessible in a different way. To quote the Dutch Data Protection Authority (AP): the number of data breaches rose “explosively” last year to almost 25,000 reports, a doubling compared to 2020. About 9% of those data breaches are the result of cyber attacks,
The popular app BeReal, I finally gave myself a try last week. While we often show the best version of ourselves on Insta and YouTube, this app tries to keep it all real and nice and mundane. I show you how it works in this video!
How BeReal works
The app is very simple to use. Every day you will receive a push notification at a random time. You then have exactly two minutes to quickly take a photo, whatever you are doing at the time.
You take a photo with two cameras: the camera on the back of your phone appears large, and at the same time you also take a selfie that appears small in the picture. Taking a nice selfie while your room where you are unseen is actually a mess is not possible with this app! You can possibly take your photo again in the two minutes, but after 2 minutes your time is really up and you can share youwith friends.
Together with your friends
The nice thing about BeReal is that you do this at the same time with friends. Every day you also receive the BeReal photos from your friends, who are just doing the laundry or attending the kids’ swimming lesson.