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BlackBerry Priv Has a Problem: No Privacy

Writing in ZDNet, Zack Whittaker claims that BlackBerry’s new Android phone called the “Priv” is anything but private. Various apps routinely access the user’s personal data and apparently send that information to data aggregators. Whittaker says that:

  • Facebook accessed my location a total of 194 times in seven days.
  • Skype accessed my phone contacts list a total of 1,814 times in the past seven days.
  • Twitter accessed my location 704 times in the past seven days.

Whittaker’s article may be found at

Comment: While it is disconcerting to find such privacy violations in a cell phone called the “Priv,” such information sharing is not unusual in Android phones and even iPhones are not much better. The only thing different with the Blackberry Priv is the company’s obvious disregard for that that word means. As Whittaker wrote, “…marketing this phone as a privacy phone is borderline dangerous for those who think, perhaps naively, that this phone will protect their privacy.”

Categories: Cell Phones

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