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Topic: privacy

US lawmaker asks Apple if it requires apps like TikTok to disclose foreign affiliation

12/13/2019, 07:12 pm

As the U.S. government scrutinizes big tech over potential data security concerns involving China and Russia, the chair of a congressional panel on Friday asked Apple and Google if they require mobile app developers to disclose foreign ties.

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Senators threaten Apple, Facebook with mandated encryption backdoors

12/10/2019, 03:12 pm

Tech companies including Apple and Facebook should provide encrypted user data to members of law enforcement, U.S. Senators said on Tuesday, with the added threat of imposing regulatory measures over the technology if they fail to do so.

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Apple's Safari ad tracking prevention tech 'stunningly effective,' says industry executives

12/09/2019, 06:12 pm

Apple's attempts to shield Safari users on iOS and Mac from privacy-infringing ad tracking technology has been "stunningly effective," according to ad executives, some of whom say features like Intelligent Tracking Prevention (ITP) have severely impacted income.

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iPhone 5G rumors, Touch ID, Apple's butterfly keyboard suit on the AppleInsider podcast

12/06/2019, 08:12 am

This week on the AppleInsider Podcast, Victor and William talk about Qualcomm making iPhone 5G a priority for 2020, and Ming Chi Quo has a prediction about in-display Touch ID. Plus BMW indicates a change in direction and stops charging for CarPlay.

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Anti-robocall legislation passes through US House, on track to become law

12/05/2019, 12:12 am

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed the Pallone-Thune Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act in a landslide 417-3 vote, setting the stage for ratification by President Trump.

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iPhone 11 Pro found to collect location data against user settings

12/04/2019, 12:12 am

A report on Tuesday suggests Apple's iPhone 11 Pro, and potentially iPhone 11 models, continuously collect and transmit location data when user-selectable location services settings are disabled, behavior that could pose a potential security risk.

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Lawmakers target iOS location privacy features in ongoing antitrust probe

11/26/2019, 09:11 pm

U.S. lawmakers in charge of a sprawling antitrust probe into "Big Tech" are scrutinizing a number of privacy-minded improvements Apple rolled out as part of iOS 13, including restrictions pertaining to location data, noting the new limitations are not applied to first-party apps and services.

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Judge dismisses class action involving iTunes and Apple Music data privacy

11/25/2019, 08:11 pm

Apple on Monday won final judgment to dismiss a class action complaint claiming the company unjustly profits from the aggregation and sale of iTunes and Apple Music user data.

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Tim Cook talks data privacy and DACA in interview

11/22/2019, 05:11 pm

Apple CEO Tim Cook continued to hammer home Apple's corporate values in an interview aired Friday, calling data privacy one of this century's top issues and vowing to fight for immigrant protections until his "toes point up."

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Over 1.2B profiles found in unsecured server shows severity of data collection by tech firms

11/22/2019, 04:11 pm

The discovery of an unprotected data store containing 1.2 billion records of personal information gleaned from data brokerage services offers a glimpse into not only the kind of resources scammers and hackers can acquire about a large number of potential targets, but also the amount of data online services share or sell with other entities.

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Apple potential target of proposed bill that would limit flow of data to China

11/19/2019, 12:11 am

U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) on Monday introduced a bill that aims to protect American interests by prohibiting companies from transferring user data or encryption keys to China, legislation that could impact Apple's Chinese business strategy.

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Facebook app accesses iPhone camera without user's knowledge

11/12/2019, 07:11 am

Facebook is misusing the camera on the iPhone, with the app turning it on while users view their feed for reasons unknown.

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DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials extension returns to Safari

11/07/2019, 09:11 am

The privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo has relaunched its Privacy Essentials extension for Safari on macOS Catalina, with the add-on revived for Safari 13 after it was removed from distribution for Safari 12.

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Apple's new privacy page hammers home long-time focus

11/06/2019, 09:11 am

Apple has updated its official privacy site with explanatory overviews of hot-button topics such as being tracked by your phone, and having messages intercepted. Plus it's added four white papers with technical details of its privacy elements.

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Apple decision to skip congressional hearing on China draws swift rebuke

11/05/2019, 06:11 pm

Apple and Chinese app TikTok failed to send representatives to a U.S. congressional hearing convened to delve into Chinese influence on the wider tech industry and consumer data, a move that drew swift condemnation from senators eager to draw ties between large firms and the Asian nation.

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Siri quality assurance opt-in option & record deletion in the iOS 13.2 beta

10/10/2019, 02:10 pm

Apple has started to ask users if they wish to take part in the Siri quality assurance program in the latest beta for iOS 13.2, a change in policy following criticism about the iPhone maker using contractors to listen to a selection of Siri audio recordings.

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Amazon is watching and reviewing Cloud Cam security footage

10/10/2019, 11:10 am

Amazon has been hit by claims it is infringing on the privacy of its customers with its smart home security cameras, with a new report alleging Amazon workers are being given a glimpse into the homes of Cloud Cam users, under the guise of training the retailer's artificial intelligence systems.

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Class-action lawsuit claiming Google tracked UK iPhone users revived

10/02/2019, 07:10 am

An attempted billion-pound class-action lawsuit against Google, alleging the search giant has been tracking iPhone users, has been revived by the United Kingdom Court of Appeal, which has allowed the case to proceed through the UK courts.

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Delhi court demands iPhone location data from Apple, but it probably doesn't have it

09/26/2019, 07:09 am

Apple has been ordered to supply the location details of the iPhone owned by a defendant in a rape case in India, but it isn't clear if Apple has the information at all.

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Facebook warns users of iOS 13 location tracking permissions

09/10/2019, 12:09 am

Facebook on Monday outlined detailed how its app and corresponding service will be impacted by location tracking permissions, restrictions and accompanying tools built into iOS 13, saying that users might see unfamiliar warning notifications should they upgrade to Apple's next-generation operating system.

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