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Topic: privacy

Apple's Tim Cook warns about 'chaos' & surveillance in Stanford speech

06/16/2019, 06:06 pm

Apple CEO Tim Cook took an unusually dark tone in part of a Stanford University commencement speech on Sunday, highlighting the "chaos" caused by Silicon Valley, and the threat of corporate and government surveillance.

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Facebook's defunct Research app gleaned private data from 187,000 users

06/12/2019, 06:06 pm

Facebook's Research app, which was banned by Apple in January for violating App Store Review Guidelines, managed to collect personal and potentially sensitive information from some 187,000 users since 2016, according to a report on Wednesday.

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'Sign in with Apple' better than using passwords, says Google authentication chief

06/12/2019, 02:06 pm

The head of Google's account sign-in teams is seemingly positive about Apple's introduction to the authentication space with "Sign in with Apple," revealing in an interview it would be preferable to use Apple's button than to manually enter usernames and passwords.

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Man jailed for not unlocking iPhone adds fuel to device search warrant debate

06/07/2019, 03:06 pm

A Florida man was thrown in jail for 44 days for refusing to unlock two iPhones in his possession during a traffic stop, an incident fuelling the ongoing privacy debates over how law enforcement can legally gain access to a smartphone's contents via passcode or biometrics, without being unconstitutional.

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App & Web developers asked to put 'Sign in with Apple' above all other sign-in buttons

06/05/2019, 09:06 am

Apple's rules for the upcoming "Sign in with Apple" feature in iOS 13 include urging developers to put its button above any social media alternatives, according to official Human Interface Guidelines.

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Apple eases up on third-party parental control app restrictions, introduces new MDM guidelines

06/04/2019, 05:06 pm

Perhaps worried about imminent antitrust probes by the U.S. government, Apple has reportedly eased off on rules concerning parental control apps that use mobile device management (MDM) and virtual private network (VPN) technology to track and limit user screen time.

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'Sign in with Apple' about convenience of social media sign-on 'without the tracking part'

06/04/2019, 03:06 pm

Apple's "Sign in with Apple" feature, coming to iOS 13 apps this fall, is about acknowledging the convenience of social media sign-on options from Google, Facebook, and Twitter without the "heavy privacy price," the company's software technology VP said in an interview.

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Missouri senator asks Apple to offer full 'Do Not Track' option for iPhone & iPad apps

06/04/2019, 11:06 am

Republican Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri has sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook, urging him to enable a "Do Not Track" option for iPhone and iPadOS apps, and not just in places like Safari.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook talks privacy, App Store monopoly, more in interview

06/03/2019, 08:06 pm

Apple CEO Tim Cook is slated to appear on CBS Evening News on Tuesday to discuss a range of issues including the tech giant's push for consumer data privacy, allegations of monopolistic practices and more.

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Apple drops the hammer on third-party ads & trackers in kids apps

06/03/2019, 04:06 pm

As anticipated, Apple has updated its App Store guidelines to completely block developers from including third-party ads or analytics in kids titles.

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'Sign in with Apple' aims to replace Facebook authentication to keep user data private

06/03/2019, 01:06 pm

In a bid to increase the security of an iPhone owner's identity, Apple revealed a new log-in option for apps called Sign In with Apple, an authentication system that minimizes the amount of the user's data used, as well as helping prevent tracking by social networks.

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Apple limiting third-party tracking in Kids apps in App Store policy change

05/31/2019, 02:05 pm

Apple will help safeguard the privacy of younger iPhone and iPad users, a report claims, by announcing a change at WWDC that will limit third-party tracking within apps offered in the iOS App Store's Kids category, a move that may help put some privacy critics at ease.

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Apple condemns British spy agency group's proposal to evade message encryption

05/30/2019, 08:05 am

Apple, Google, Microsoft and WhatsApp have co-signed an open letter urging the UK government to abandon what's being called a "ghost protocol" to allow intelligence services to read encrypted messages.

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US Senate greenlights anti-robocalling bill to combat 'daily deluge'

05/23/2019, 01:05 pm

The U.S. Senate voted 97 to 1 on Thursday to move forward with the TRACED Act, intended to fight a surge of robocalls, in some cases harassing people multiple times per day.

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Revived bill proposes safeguards against warrantless data searches at US borders

05/23/2019, 12:05 pm

U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Rand Paul (R-KY) have reintroduced a bill that would block the government from searching iPhones, MacBooks, and other devices at the border without a warrant.

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Apple adding privacy-centric ad click attribution tech to Safari & WebKit

05/22/2019, 10:05 am

Apple has introduced a new privacy technology it is including in WebKit, the browser rendering engine used by Safari, one that enables online advertising to allow attribution for clicks to be passed along to marketers, but while at the same time preventing the user from being identified or profiled.

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US cellular carriers say stopped sale of customer location data to third parties

05/17/2019, 02:05 am

Major U.S. cellular carriers recently confirmed to the Federal Communications Commission that they have, for the most part, stopped selling customer geolocation data to third-party aggregators, a questionable practice first discovered a year ago.

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How to make Google automatically delete the data it stores about you [u]

05/15/2019, 08:05 am

Google has now begun to roll out its new feature that lets you limit how long it saves information about you. Here's how to use it.

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Facebook staring down possibility of 20 years of FTC oversight to end privacy probe

05/14/2019, 08:05 am

Facebook's negotiations with the Federal Trade Commission to end an investigation into the social network's alleged privacy violations may involve a 20-year period of government oversight, with a deal between the two potentially a month away from completion.

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WhatsApp vulnerability left iOS open to spyware attack

05/13/2019, 10:05 pm

Facebook-owned WhatsApp on Monday disclosed the recent fix of a VoIP-related vulnerability that allowed nefarious parties to remotely install spyware on both iOS and Android handsets.

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