Is Your Smartphone Really Cheating You?

Is Your Smartphone Really Cheating You?

Most of this information is utilized by applications to enhance the user experience—thereby ensuring that your phone apps switch swiftly among landscape and portrait modes, and keep you on the correct track for your commute—but a section of this information is logged and stored based on the decisions of the handset manufacturer.

Google, Facebook, and Amazon benefit from an outdated definition of “monopoly”

Google, Facebook, and Amazon benefit from an outdated definition of “monopoly”

For decades the standard for evaluating whether to break up monopolies, or block the mergers that create them, has been “consumer welfare.” And this consumer welfare standard has predominantly been interpreted as low prices.

IOS 11 Horror Story: the Rise and Fall of iOS Security

IOS 11 Horror Story: the Rise and Fall of iOS Security

If the attacker has your iPhone and your passcode is compromised, you lose your data; your passwords to third-party online accounts; your Apple ID password (and obviously the second authentication factor is not a problem).

Apple's latest anti-tracking feature in Safari takes toll on digital advertising

Apple's latest anti-tracking feature in Safari takes toll on digital advertising

The anti-tracking feature embedded in the newest version of Apple's Safari browser is causing pain among marketers, making it harder to calculate the return-on-investment for digital ads, industry experts say. "ITP 2 will have a huge impact on attribution when a user is exposed to an online ad while using a Safari browser," Harris says.

Kennedy: The unholy alliance between state and tech

Kennedy: The unholy alliance between state and tech

While I applaud Cook's natural inclination to preserve privacy and thus liberty, which is implied in several amendments especially the first and fourth, it is this special insidious cronyism that has developed between big tech and big government that's worrisome.

Apple's T2 security chip disconnects a MacBook's microphone when users close the lid

Apple's T2 security chip disconnects a MacBook's microphone when users close the lid

Apple revealed today that all new notebooks that come with a built-in T2 security chip will now disconnect the built-in microphone at the hardware level when users close their devices' lids.

Apple says its T2 chip can prevent hackers from eavesdropping through your MacBook mic

Apple says its T2 chip can prevent hackers from eavesdropping through your MacBook mic

In a new security document published today, and reported on first by TechCrunch, Apple is giving us a glimpse at some of the chip’s capabilities, specifically its ability to prevent hackers from eavesdropping through your laptop microphone.

IPhone bug gives access to your private photos

IPhone bug gives access to your private photos

Jose Rodriguez, a Spanish amateur cybersecurity specialist, has discovered a bug in iOS 12 that allows an attacker with physical access to a locked iPhone to access all of its photos.

Mobile Security: 5 Smart Tactics to Avoid Fake Apps

Mobile Security: 5 Smart Tactics to Avoid Fake Apps

There are least chances of getting a fake app from official sources such as Google Play or Apple’s App Store. You need to search for the developer to avoid the downloading of a fake app.

Google Maps has become a big bloated mess of features nobody wants

Google Maps has become a big bloated mess of features nobody wants

Yeah, most people use Google Maps to look up directions to place and find nearby restaurants or bars, but I can't help but feel Google's cramming too many features into the app.

In Groundbreaking Decision, Feds Say Hacking DRM to Fix Your Electronics Is Legal

In Groundbreaking Decision, Feds Say Hacking DRM to Fix Your Electronics Is Legal

The Librarian of Congress and US Copyright Office just proposed new rules that will give consumers and independent repair experts wide latitude to legally hack embedded software on their devices in order to repair or maintain them.

Apple boss decries 'data industrial complex' while pocketing, er, billions to hook Google into iOS

Apple boss decries 'data industrial complex' while pocketing, er, billions to hook Google into iOS

Cook lamented the tech industry's data-driven economy without invoking the names of ad-focused companies like Facebook or Google, the traditional villains when Apple plays privacy paladin. Cook in his speech said Apple supports a federal data protection law in the US similar to the GDPR.

An open letter to Tim Cook, from

An open letter to Tim Cook, from

At /e/Foundation, we’re building a new mobile ecosystem for users first: it respects their personal data privacy, it’s open source, and we are making it as attractive as possible, for Mom and Dad users.

Apple Reportedly Blocked Police iPhone Hacking Tool and Nobody Knows How

Apple Reportedly Blocked Police iPhone Hacking Tool and Nobody Knows How

On Wednesday, he cited sources from the forensic community who’ve told him that Apple’s efforts to keep bad actors and law enforcement from cracking into its users’ phones have paid off. In March, Forbes reported that GrayShift counts at least one ex-Apple security engineer as part of its team.

Apple Just Killed The 'GrayKey' iPhone Passcode Hack

Apple Just Killed The 'GrayKey' iPhone Passcode Hack

Uncloaked by Forbes in March, Atlanta-based Grayshift promised governments its GrayKey tech could crack the passcodes of the latest iOS models, right up to the iPhone X. Multiple sources familiar with the GrayKey tech tell Forbes the device can no longer break the passcodes of any iPhone running iOS 12 or above.

Tim Cook calls for GDPR-style privacy laws in the US

Tim Cook calls for GDPR-style privacy laws in the US

"Platforms and algorithms that promised to improve our lives can actually magnify our worst human tendencies," said Cook. Cook praised Europe's "successful implementation" of privacy law GDPR, and said that "It is time for the rest of the world ...

Tim Cook: Personal data collection is being 'weaponized against us with military efficiency'

Tim Cook: Personal data collection is being 'weaponized against us with military efficiency'

And those of us who believe in technology's potential for good must not shrink from this moment," Cook said. They may say to you, "Our companies will never achieve technology's true potential if they are constrained with privacy regulation." But this notion isn't just wrong, it is destructive.

Apple's Tim Cook takes aim at Google and Facebook over 'weaponised data'

Apple's Tim Cook takes aim at Google and Facebook over 'weaponised data'

Apple's Tim Cook has warned that mass data collection from tech companies is "surveillance" as data is "weaponised against us with military efficiency". The Apple chief executive added that companies that harvest data can gather "stockpiles of personal data only serve to enrich the companies that collect them".

Apple boss takes aim at 'weaponisation' of customer data

Apple boss takes aim at 'weaponisation' of customer data

BRUSSELS: Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said on Wednesday (Oct 24) customer data was being "weaponised with military efficiency" by companies to increase profit. Cook said Apple fully backed a federal privacy law in the United States, something Europe has already introduced via its General Data Protection Regulation.

Tim Cook warns of ‘data-industrial complex’ in call for comprehensive US privacy laws

Tim Cook warns of ‘data-industrial complex’ in call for comprehensive US privacy laws

Apple CEO Tim Cook has called for new digital privacy laws in the United States, warning that the collection of huge amounts of personal data by companies is harming society.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Discusses Social Media Privacy With Top Officials

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Discusses Social Media Privacy With Top Officials

A gathering between Attorney General Jeff Sessions and top state law enforcement officials took place on Tuesday to discuss the ways the government can protect the privacy of social media users.

Tech Lobby Group Introduces Privacy Regulation Framework

Tech Lobby Group Introduces Privacy Regulation Framework

The idea is to help form privacy legislation that lawmakers are working on (via Axios). Certain lawmakers have expressed interest in exploring privacy regulations (spurred by California’s privacy law) during the next congressional session in 2020.

Apple launches tool that allows users to control data collected

Apple launches tool that allows users to control data collected

Apple Inc on Wednesday rolled out an online tool to users in the United States and several other countries to download, change or delete all the data that the iPhone maker has collected on them.

Apple is focusing on its ad sales business because smartphone sales won’t cut it

Apple is focusing on its ad sales business because smartphone sales won’t cut it

Apple would share revenue with the apps displaying ads; the amount of that share would vary, the WSJ reports. Apple already sells some ads based on search terms in the App Store, which led to $1 billion in revenue last year.

UK police are buying top secret hacking tech to break into iPhones

UK police are buying top secret hacking tech to break into iPhones

At least three police forces in England have spent thousands of pounds on new hacking technology to get into iPhones, according to financial documents seen by WIRED.

Apple privacy portal lets you see everything it knows about you

Apple privacy portal lets you see everything it knows about you

As expected, the updated pages cover the new security and privacy features in iOS 12 and macOS Mojave, including new information about end-to-end encrypted group FaceTime video calls and improvements to intelligence tracking protections, as well as how Apple uses differential privacy to understand which are the most popular features, without being able to identify individual users.

Apple to US users: Here's how you can now see what personal data we hold on you

Apple to US users: Here's how you can now see what personal data we hold on you

The move brings the four countries in line with Europe, where Apple began offering a simpler way to download a copy of user data in May, just before the EU's strict GDPR privacy legislation came into effect.

Apple is distancing itself again from Google and Facebook with a new privacy website

Apple is distancing itself again from Google and Facebook with a new privacy website

Part of the website focuses on Apple's privacy features and the ways it limits the data it collects. The other part focuses on how a user can limit the data that's collected about him or her, including a new portal for downloading your personal data and deleting your Apple account.

NSA denies spy chip claims, FBI says it’s not allowed to

NSA denies spy chip claims, FBI says it’s not allowed to

Joyce also said that fallout from the story wasn’t limited to damage to the reputation of the companies concerned. The spy chip claims have been denied by Apple, Amazon, Supermicro, British NSA equivalent GCHQ, the Department of Homeland Security, one of Bloomberg’s sources and now the NSA.

Australian encryption-busting Bill would create backdoors: Cisco

Australian encryption-busting Bill would create backdoors: Cisco

In a submission [PDF] to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security -- which is currently reviewing the legislation as the government attempts to ram it through Parliament -- Cisco called out Canberra for not allowing greater transparency on disclosing notices and requests from Australian authorities to access encrypted communications.

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