As part of Apple's crackdown on the amount of data an app or service can acquire about its users, iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 includes "Approximate Location" controls, a system that prevents sharing an exact location of an iPhone or iPad.
Facebook is quietly testing out a feature for its Messenger app to authenticate users via Face ID or Touch ID, a feature that may help keep accounts secure and private, even if the user lends their iPhone to someone else.
A day after the Siri whistleblower lamented that there were no investigations into Apple's Siri quality monitoring, The Irish Data Protection Commission said it is again questioning Apple over the grading practices.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week published a paper outlining key features public health organizations should look for in a COVID-19 contact tracing platform, with the recommendations closely following methodology implemented in Apple and Google's exposure notification system.
A group of Republican senators on Thursday said that they intend to introduce a bill that would regulate how consumer data is used to fight the spread of COVID-19, including by Apple and Google's exposure notification system.
Multiple smartphone surveillance and data extraction companies, including iPhone hacking firm Cellebrite, are pitching their products to governments as an alternative method of tracking the spread of COVID-19.
Germany has changed its stance on Apple and Google's work to create a contact tracing system for tracking and managing the spread of COVID-19, supporting a privacy-forward decentralized approach instead of using a centralized system.
Apple and Google are working on a Bluetooth contact tracing system that could help track and possibly reduce the spread of COVID-19. But security experts that AppleInsider have spoken to express concerns about privacy and execution, which could undermine its effectiveness.