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by Tymoteusz A. Góral

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#2108 Google’s Allo app can reveal to your friends what you’ve searched
Google’s mobile messaging app Allo can reveal your Google search history to people you message, which could have big privacy implications. The behavior appears to be a glitch.

I noticed the problem in a recent conversation with a friend, in which I was testing the app. Allo includes Google Assistant, the company’s latest version of its virtual assistant software.

Google recently announced plans to make Assistant available on Android phones. The feature has been available on Google’s own Pixel phone and Google Home, its competitor to Amazon’s wildly successful Echo.

A unique feature of Allo is that you can use Assistant while in the middle of a conversation with a friend. You could, for example, ask Assistant to search for restaurants in a certain area, while you’re talking to a friend about where to eat.
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#2108 Google’s Allo app can reveal to your friends what you’ve searched
#2107 Video calls for Signal out of beta
#2106 CryptoBlock ransomware and its C2
#2105 Security updates available for Adobe Flash Player
#2104 Microsoft security bulletin summary for March 2017
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