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Topic: privacy

Tim Cook speaks out on Cambridge Analytica debacle, calls for stricter consumer privacy safeguards

03/24/2018, 10:03 am

Speaking at the China Development Forum, Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke about about Facebook's misuse of customer data, and sounded the call for stricter rules across the board on what companies are allowed to do with harvested information.


Police using fingerprints of dead suspects to unlock Apple iPhones

03/22/2018, 07:03 pm

While there have been some failures, U.S. law enforcement agencies have indeed used the fingers of corpses to unlock iPhones and obtain evidence, a report revealed on Thursday.


Apple to fix Siri bug that read out hidden iPhone lockscreen notifications

03/22/2018, 03:03 pm

A future Apple update will solve an iOS security flaw allowing Siri to read out otherwise hidden lockscreen notifications, but AppleInsider can show you how to work around it now.


Ex-Apple employee explains wide Google location data warrant by NC police

03/22/2018, 01:03 pm

The automatic collection of user location data from smartphones by tech companies, and the ability of law enforcement to access it via warrants will be discussed in Friday's AppleInsider podcast, with criminal defense attorney and former Apple employee T. Greg Doucette explaining how a recent report into the requests by Raleigh, N.C. police came about in the first place.


FTC probes Facebook over personal data use following Cambridge Analytica revelations

03/20/2018, 11:03 am

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has allegedly started investigating Facebook concerning the use of user data by analytics firm Cambridge Analytica, including whether the social network violated the terms of a 2011 settlement by providing the data without the user's consent.


Police are casting a wide net into the deep pool of Google user location data to solve crimes

03/19/2018, 09:03 am

Raleigh, N.C., detectives have obtained warrants to search a wide variety of Google account data, and not necessarily only of suspects -- a practice that has raised the ire of privacy advocates.


'GrayKey' iPhone unlocking tool revealed as pocket-sized device with questionable security

03/15/2018, 12:03 pm

The forensic tool known as 'GrayKey' has grave privacy and security implications, a report into the iPhone-unlocking tool suggests, as it has the potential of being misused by thieves and other criminals if the compact device is stolen from members of law enforcement.


MoviePass CEO now says app never tracked user location

03/12/2018, 09:03 pm

MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe appears to be backpedaling on recent comments that suggested the movie-a-day app continuously tracks users' locations after they visit a theater, saying in a new interview that he was mistaken in what data his company gleans from customers.


'GrayKey' iPhone unlock in use by Indiana police, documents reveal

03/09/2018, 03:03 pm

A recently exposed forensic tool called "GrayKey" -- sold as being able to hack into iOS 11 devices like the iPhone 8 and iPhone X -- is being used by at least one regional police force in the U.S.


MoviePass removes 'unused' location capability in update

03/07/2018, 11:03 pm

After MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe raised the hackles of privacy advocates by implying the movie deals service tracks user locations, the company on Wednesday issued an update for its eponymous app that removes a supposedly unused "location capability" feature.


Grayshift becomes second service to promise forensic unlocks for Apple's iPhone 8 & X

03/05/2018, 03:03 pm

Adding to the evidence that Apple's latest iPhones are no longer safe from hackers -- legal or otherwise -- a second company has come forward selling its ability to break in.


Apple makes Chinese transfer of iCloud data official, raising privacy concerns

02/28/2018, 09:02 am

As planned, Apple on Wednesday transferred control of its Chinese iCloud data to a local firm, Guizhou-Cloud Big Data. The move is necessary to comply with local laws, but has drawn criticism for exposing customers to the authoritarian Chinese government.


Microsoft's international data privacy fight moves to U.S. Supreme Court

02/26/2018, 11:02 am

The Surpreme Court will on Tuesday hear arguments in a long-running case between the U.S. government and Microsoft, following the latter's 2013 refusal to turn over data stored on an Irish server, demanded as part of a drug trafficking investigation.


Proposed EU law could require companies like Apple to share data from foreign servers

02/26/2018, 10:02 am

The European Union is reportedly working on legislation that would require companies to provide customers' personal data for law enforcement even if it's being kept on servers outside of the region.


Heads of US law & spy agencies say phones by Apple rival Huawei pose inherent national security risk

02/14/2018, 11:02 am

The heads of several U.S. law and spy agencies claim that smartphone buyers should avoid buying products from China's Huawei, since the company poses a risk of data theft and surveillance of users, but also are a danger to national security as well.


Reporters Without Borders urges journalists to move or close Chinese iCloud accounts

02/08/2018, 09:02 am

Watchdog organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is recommending that journalists operating out of China either close or migrate their iCloud accounts by the end of the month, as Apple is on the verge of transferring local control to a company tied to the Chinese government.


Apple preps second Chinese data center, switch-on not expected until 2020

02/06/2018, 03:02 pm

Putting aside privacy concerns about the first one, Apple is reportedly laying the groundwork for a second Chinese data center that will go online two years from now.


Private messaging iPhone app Confide develops screenshot-defeating 'ScreenShield'

01/10/2018, 12:01 pm

Secure messaging app Confide has come up with a way to prevent messages appearing in its iOS app from being captured in a screenshot, with the firm also offering its 'ScreenShield' technology in a development kit to help keep messages and other content protected in other apps.


Apple's iOS Addiction already has a solution on the Mac

01/09/2018, 02:01 pm

Apple is vexed with the problem of excessive customer satisfaction, particularly in the troublesome demographic of young users. That's the latest hot take reaction to the issue of kids being given permissive parental approval to stay up all night on their iOS devices, leaving them sleep deprived and distracted. Apple's parental controls on iOS are focused on limiting access to content and specific apps, but the company already has tools in place to enforce parents' wishes on the Mac. It just needs to bring these to iOS.


'Intentional' event redirects cloud traffic from Apple, Google & others through Russia

12/14/2017, 09:12 am

Internet traffic coming into and out of Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and other companies was briefly redirected through a Russian provider on Wednesday, in what appears to have been a deliberate move.