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Topic: privacy

Facebook says bug may have briefly exposed photos of 6.8 million app users

12/14/2018, 12:12 pm

Between Sept. 13 and Sept. 25, a bug temporarily exposed more photos than intended to third-party apps that use Facebook logins, the social network acknowledged on Friday.

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Google's Pichai denies any political bias in search results during lengthy Congressional testimony

12/11/2018, 02:12 pm

Google CEO Sundar Pichai testified in front of a U.S. congressional panel on Tuesday to address a number of issues, above all deflecting suggestions that the company's search results are biased towards one political party or another.

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Some iPhone apps handing precise location data to as many as 40 businesses

12/10/2018, 10:12 am

Despite Apple's strict controls on privacy, a number of iOS apps are not only tracking precise location information on anonymized users but sharing it with third-party businesses -- sometimes dozens of them, a report revealed on Monday.

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Apple avoids iPhone ban in India by approving regulator's anti-spam app for download from the App Store

11/30/2018, 02:11 pm

Apple has ended a standoff with the telecommunications regulator of India, approving TRAI's anti-spam app for inclusion in the App Store, a move that also allows Apple to avoid threats from the regulator that could have led to the banning of iPhones from the country's mobile networks.

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Deputy AG Rosenstein says companies like Apple are trying to 'defeat legitimate law enforcement'

11/29/2018, 05:11 pm

Keynoting a cybercrime conference on Thursday, U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein attacked the encryption stances of companies like Apple while simultaneously arguing for the importance of security.

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Tim Cook may get that US privacy legislation he's expecting in 2019

11/28/2018, 10:11 am

Apple CEO Tim Cook's expectation that tech giants will be subjected to privacy regulations may soon become a reality, with a pair of U.S. Senators working on a bipartisan bill mandating the protection of consumer data that could be drafted in early 2019.

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Tim Cook expects 'inevitable' privacy legislation, values user privacy as an Apple core value

11/18/2018, 07:11 pm

An interview previously recorded with Apple CEO Tim Cook at Apple Park aired on Sunday night, with the executive telling Axios' Ina Fried and Mike Allen that he sees privacy regulation of tech as an inevitability.

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Shazam users on every platform now getting Apple's 'leading commmitment' to privacy

10/25/2018, 12:10 pm

Shazam has started to warn users of upcoming changes to the way their data will be handled following the acquisition of the music recognition service by Apple, with data being transferred to the iPhone producer's servers and maintained under Apple's privacy policies, rather than Shazam itself.

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Former Facebook security chief questions Apple's privacy double standard in China

10/24/2018, 06:10 pm

Following Apple CEO Tim Cook's impassioned speech on privacy delivered at a privacy conference in Brussels, former Facebook chief security officer Alex Stamos questioned the tech giant's motives and current policies in a hot take posted to Twitter.

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Tim Cook declares iCloud spy chip account '100 percent a lie' in privacy interview

10/24/2018, 11:10 am

Apple CEO Tim Cook is continuing to call out Bloomberg's report about Chinese spy chips embedded into iCloud servers as false, proclaiming in an interview about the company's stance on privacy and taxation that the report "is 100 percent a lie."

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Tim Cook calls data collection 'surveillance' in blunt, forceful speech on 'data-industrial complex'

10/24/2018, 05:10 am

Speaking at an international conference on data privacy, Apple's CEO praised the European Union and called for the US to follow its lead with federal law to protect citizens' rights agains the threat of "data-industrial complex."

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Cook expected to endorse US privacy laws, European data policies in speech

10/23/2018, 10:10 pm

Apple CEO Tim Cook is expected to reaffirm the company's commitment to data privacy, and throw support behind government-backed initiatives that seek the same, in a keynote address at the 40th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners on Wednesday, according to a new report.

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Trade group representing Apple proposes new framework for privacy regulations

10/22/2018, 10:10 pm

Lobbying group Information Technology Industry (ITI), which counts Apple, Facebook and Google as members, introduced a proposed framework for privacy regulations in Washington this week as lawmakers look to enhance user protections.

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Apple's Tim Cook visits Berlin & Paris in advance of Brussels data privacy event

10/22/2018, 05:10 pm

Apple CEO Tim Cook is making a variety of pitstops in Europe ahead of speaking at Wednesday's European Data Protection Conference, and on Monday visited developers in Berlin and Paris.

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Apple's refreshed Privacy website now allows US users to request stored personal data

10/17/2018, 11:10 am

Apple launched a refreshed privacy website on Wednesday, updating the minisite to better educate its customers on how the company works to protect the user's personal data across all of its products and services, as well as opening up a system for US users to request all of their data from Apple.

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Alphabet sued over failing to disclose Google+ privacy vulnerability

10/17/2018, 09:10 am

An investor has launched a lawsuit against Google's parent company, Alphabet, arguing that the company deceived fellow investors by failing to reveal a Google+ bug that could have exposed profile information people didn't set to public.

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Facebook waffles on Portal video chat device privacy, can be used for ad data

10/17/2018, 08:10 am

Facebook's recently launched Portal video calling devices could help the social network target advertising towards its users, it has been revealed, with data collected by the hardware potentially combined with other information for marketing purposes.

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Forensics firm urges police not to look at screens of iPhones with Face ID

10/13/2018, 07:10 pm

While U.S. police are now sometimes forcing suspects with Face ID-ready iPhones to unlock their devices, Apple's technology is simultaneously making that a risky proposition, one security firm is warning agencies.

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Google+ shutting down in wake of allegations of weak user data security

10/08/2018, 02:10 pm

Google has confirmed it will be closing down the social network Google+ in August next year as part of a data protection initiative called Project Strobe, but a report alleges the initiative itself was caused through Google wanting to avoid regulatory scrutiny from exposing the private data of hundreds of thousands of users.

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Tim Cook will deliver keynote at European Union's privacy conference

10/03/2018, 02:10 pm

Apple CEO Tim Cook will be speaking at the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners on October 24, delivering the keynote during the public 'Debating Ethics' session at the European conference.

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