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Topic: privacy

Apple's anticompetitive behavior has 'gotten worse,' Tile tells congressional panel

04/01/2020, 08:04 pm

Tile, a manufacturer of location tracking hardware and software, on Wednesday told the House Judiciary Committee that Apple continues to participate in anticompetitive behavior despite promising not to do so as part of a resolution reached earlier this year.


Two more macOS Zoom flaws surface, as lawsuit & government probe loom

04/01/2020, 11:04 am

As New York launches a probe and a class action lawsuit is levied against video conferencing app Zoom, a security researcher has discovered two vulnerabilities in its macOS client.


iPhone location data used by US government to track coronavirus spread

03/29/2020, 11:03 am

The US government is allegedly attempting to track the coronavirus pandemic by taking advantage of geolocation data generated by online advertising shown on iPhones and other smartphones, intending to learn how the virus is spreading throughout the country.


Zoom iOS update removes 'feature' that sent user data to Facebook

03/27/2020, 09:03 pm

Video conferencing service Zoom on Friday issued an update for its iOS app, removing an SDK that sent users' data to Facebook without their express consent.


Zoom for iOS shares data with Facebook even if users don't have an account

03/26/2020, 05:03 pm

Zoom's iOS app is sending off analytics data to Facebook without warning, even if users don't have a Facebook account.


iOS bug prevents VPN apps from encrypting all traffic

03/26/2020, 05:03 pm

An unpatched bug present in iOS 13.3.1 and later could keep a virtual private network (VPN) from fully encrypting all traffic, leaving data and IP addresses exposed.


US officials, tech companies in talks to use location data to fight COVID-19

03/17/2020, 03:03 pm

U.S. officials are currently in active talks with Google, Facebook, and other tech companies about the possibility of leveraging Americans' smartphone location data to help fight the coronavirus, a new report indicates.


Popular apps like TikTok are snooping on your iPhone clipboard

03/13/2020, 11:03 am

Many popular iOS and iPadOS apps appear to be snooping on device clipboards, according to new research, although there isn't currently any evidence of abuse.


Ring pauses data sharing practices, promises more privacy controls

03/12/2020, 02:03 pm

After criticism, Amazon's Ring is hitting pause on its practice of sharing data with third parties in an effort to boost the amount of control users have over their privacy.


Future iPhone may keep your data private by tracking where you look

03/12/2020, 07:03 am

An iPhone or iPad may help ensure a user's privacy by monitoring their gaze, displaying sensitive information only in areas of the display where they are looking, while observers are simultaneously left seeing an indecipherable screen.


Law enforcement can crack iPhones just fine without a backdoor

03/11/2020, 02:03 pm

Law enforcement agencies may be able to access data on locked iPhones more often than they're letting on, an analysis of hundreds of search warrants shows.


Apple removed Sensor Tower VPN, ad-blocking apps for gathering user data

03/09/2020, 08:03 pm

Apple recently removed an ad-blocking app owned by Sensor Tower after an investigation found the analytics firm to be secretly collecting user data through a variety of iOS and Android apps.


FCC fines AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile $200M for selling customer location data

02/28/2020, 05:02 pm

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Friday proposed fines against the nation's largest cellular carriers for selling access to real-time consumer geolocation data to third-party aggregators.


Apple disables facial recognition firm Clearview AI's iOS app for violating developer rules

02/28/2020, 04:02 pm

Apple has disabled facial recognition technology startup Clearview AI's developer account, and as a consequence its iOS app, for violating terms of the tech giant's enterprise developer agreement.


FCC to reportedly fine US wireless carriers at least $200M for selling customer location data

02/27/2020, 07:02 pm

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is expected to propose hefty fines on AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile following an investigation into allegations that the U.S. cellphone carriers collected and sold real-time consumer location data.


Apple under 'great pressure' to respond after investors criticize China app removals

02/26/2020, 11:02 pm

An Apple shareholder proposal critical of Chinese App Store policies failed to gain approval on Wednesday, but experts say a relatively high show of support from investors could prompt the tech giant to respond.


Apple to again skip US congressional hearing on Chinese influence in tech

02/24/2020, 08:02 pm

Apple has for the second time declined to attend a U.S. congressional hearing that would have scrutinized its relationship with China as part of a larger investigation into tech privacy and security.


ISPs cite First Amendment as reason why they can sell customer data

02/20/2020, 07:02 am

Internet service providers are fighting attempts to require customers opt in to having their location and other sensitive data sold to third parties, under the claim such laws violates the free speech rights of the companies involved.


Apple using hashes to flag & evaluate emails to hunt down child abuse images

02/11/2020, 07:02 am

In a court filing, Apple has revealed how it is able to monitor emails passing through its systems for images of child abuse, with the iPhone maker keeping a look out for hashes pertaining to specific photographs and videos which are automatically flagged for inspection.


Wacom defends itself against data harvesting accusations

02/08/2020, 01:02 pm

Wacom has responded to allegations drivers for its tablet line are collecting data on its users and passing it on to Google, including the names of macOS applications being used, by claiming it has no access to personal data and what data it collects is anonymized before it is seen by the company.