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Topic: privacy

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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DOJ wants Apple, Google to relinquish user data of rifle scope app

09/06/2019, 05:09 pm

As part of an investigation into potential weapons export violations, the U.S. Department of Justice is demanding both Apple and Google furnish user information for a rifle scope monitoring and control app, a move that could impact well over 10 thousand people.

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NY Attorney General & 7 other states target Facebook in antitrust probe

09/06/2019, 10:09 am

A joint investigation has been launched against Facebook by the New York State Attorney General, probing the social network for potential antitrust violations, just two days after reports a similar action is being prepared against Google.

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Secure messaging apps working to comply with Apple's iOS 13 privacy changes

09/05/2019, 03:09 pm

Changes in iOS 13 to improve privacy may be affecting more apps than first thought, with developers of secure messaging "scrambling" to keep the encrypted communications services functional before Apple cuts off access to a specific API.

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Phone numbers of nearly 420M Facebook users exposed online

09/04/2019, 05:09 pm

An unsecured database containing the phone numbers of more than 419 million Facebook users was recently found online, though the social network said no accounts have been compromised as a result of the exposure.

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