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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We have a full pouch of stories about Australian companies but our Emerging Markets editor has threatened bodily harm if I poach them. I can sneak in Aussie-born ecommerce personalization vendor Rokt, because it’s now based in New York. They’ve completed a secondary funding at a valuation of $2.4 billion, one year after a $325 million Series E at $1.95 billion. Not bad in a down year for tech stocks.

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