Mental health & prayer apps prey on users; Mozilla calls them “exceptionally creepy”

While one would hope apps you share your most intimate thoughts with would respect user privacy, Mozilla’s survey of 32 popular mental health and prayer apps found exactly the opposite. In fact, 28 earned a spot Mozilla’s “Privacy Not Included” guide. These apps track, share and capitalize on users’ most intimate thoughts, harvest vast amounts of data, have dismal security, and then sell mass quantities of data to Facebook and other 3rd-party platforms. In fact, according to one of the study’s co-authors, companies are investing hundreds of millions of dollars in these apps to find out who has depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts or other mental health issues.

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Nearly one-third of major news publishers have blocked generative AI tools from reading their content.   But that’s a drastic measure which could also exclude their results from conventional search engines.  Microsoft has just given publishers the option to block access by Bing Chat without also removing their content from search results.  We’ll see if competitors do the same.

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