Several Android Apps Transmitting Sensitive Data to Facebook without Permission, ExTiX Linux Announces Version 19.1 Build 181228, Peppermint 9 Respin-2 Released, Nextcloud Founder’s 2019 Predictions and Some Security Updates

News briefs for January 3, 2019.

A recent Privacy International report reveals that “at least
20 out of 34 popular Android apps are transmitting sensitive information to
Facebook without asking permission, including Kayak, MyFitnessPal, Skyscanner
and TripAdvisor”. According to the story on Engadget,
“The concern isn’t just that apps are oversharing data, but that they may be
violating the EU’s GDPR privacy rules by both collecting info without consent
and potentially identifying users. You can’t lay the blame solely at the feet
of Facebook or developers, though. Facebook’s relevant developer kit didn’t
provide the option to ask for permission until after GDPR took effect. The
social network did develop a fix, but it’s not clear that it works or that
developers are implementing it properly.”

A new version of ExTiX Linux Live DVD—19.1, build
181228—was released
yesterday. According to the author, “The best
thing with ExTiX 19.1 is that while running the system live (from DVD/USB) or
from hard drive you can use Refracta Tools (pre-installed) to create your own
live installable Ubuntu system. So easy that a ten year child can do it!” You
can download ExTiX 19.1 from SourceForge.

The Peppermint
team yesterday announced the release Peppermint 9 Respin-2
. This is a
bug-fix release, and it fixes three issues in the installation
If you have already installed Peppermint 9 Respin successfully
(released December 21, 2018), there is not need to
re-install this version. See the Release Notes for more

Nextcloud founder Frank Karlitschek posted a look back at 2018 and
thoughts on the future for 2019
. He predicts that “2019 will be a very
good year for privacy, open source and decentralized cloud software.
Maybe even the mainstream breakthrough of federated and decentralized
internet services!” He also writes “I think 2019 could be the year where
open source, federated and self-hosted technology hits mainstream, taking
on the proprietary, centralized data silos keeping people’s personal
information hostage. Society becoming more critical about data collection
will fuel this development.
If you want to make a difference then join Nextcloud or one of the other
project that develop open source decentralized and federated solutions. I
think 2019 is the year were we can win the internet back!”

Security updates were posted this week for Debian, Fedora, openSUSE and
Red Hat. See LWN for links.

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