Apple has advised it has repaired a security hole in Group FaceTime that allowed users to listen in to others without their permission on its servers, with a software update to address the issue on iPhones and iPads arriving in the next week.
The recently-discovered Group FaceTime bug that allowed people to eavesdrop on other people without their permission has been worked around, and a fix is coming, but the UK's surveillance agency wants to use flaws like it as a feature, in order to more easily spy on targets.
Facebook is not the only major tech company found to be misusing Apple's Enterprise Certificate system, with a report claiming Google is pulling the same trick for its own app, one that is similar in nature to Facebook's now-blocked "Research" app.
Apple has stopped Facebook from being able to use its internal apps by revoking its enterprise developer certificates, in response to reports the social network ignored guidelines relating to user privacy by distributing apps outside the app store, and paid users to install the spyware.
Apple may have known about the Group FaceTime privacy bug a week before the company disabled the feature, with one Twitter user claiming to have informed Apple of the issue discovered by their child the previous Monday.
An non-profit organization, noyb, has launched a complaint with the Austrian government against Apple, YouTube, and several other major tech companies, saying they've failed to comply with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR.
Responding to Apple CEO Tim Cook's crusade for strict data privacy regulations in the U.S., Acxiom, a premiere data broker, said it supports a unified set of laws governing data sharing practices while at the same time denying it is part of a so-called "shadow economy."
The U.S. Congress should implement comprehensive federal privacy legislation to protect and empower customers against "data brokers," Apple CEO Tim Cook has declared, calling for lawmakers to introduce landmark reforms that fundamentally change the rules by which companies should abide regarding the collection and storage of user data.
Senator Marco Rubio has announced the American Data Dissemination Act, a data privacy bill that aims to shore up existing privacy laws and establish a minimum standard for tech giants like Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook to obey.
Users of the privacy-focused DuckDuckGo will be seeing local search results with Apple Maps integration, the search engine has confirmed, with the integration of MapKit JS being used both for location-based searches as well as the Maps tab.
The police cannot force a person to unlock their iPhone with Face ID or Touch ID, a U.S. federal judge has ruled, a move that effectively provides users the same protection for the biometric security for their devices as previously afforded to passcodes.
The firm best known for harvesting political data ignored a legal order to provide personal information when asked by a US academic. This contravenes UK data protection laws and saw them fined a total of $27,000.