‘The current situation is urgent’: In an exclusive interview with the Star, Apple CEO Tim Cook explains why his company is stepping up to protect privacy online

‘The current situation is urgent’: In an exclusive interview with the Star, Apple CEO Tim Cook explains why his company is stepping up to protect privacy online

Digital advertisers in France also complained about Apple’s move to the country’s antitrust regulator, which said last month it will allow the feature because it is in line with privacy rules (though the watchdog will continue to investigate whether Apple favours its own services and products).Now, in a Canadian exclusive interview with the Toronto Star, Apple chief executive officer Tim Cook talks about the company’s approach to privacy and how that helps set it apart from other big tech players.

The Battle For Online Privacy is Just Beginning

The Battle For Online Privacy is Just Beginning

Apple announced its plans to force mobile advertising companies to require consent from the user before being tracked for ad targeting.This massive change was announced as part of Apple’s fresh initiative to push the iPhone and the Apple ‘ecosystem’ towards a more private experience, which saw widespread complaints from tech giants including Facebook, Snapchat, and game-development platform Unity.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: March 19, 2021

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: March 19, 2021

A lawsuit filed in June alleges Google actively violates privacy laws by continuing to “intercept, track and collect communications” even when people use Chrome’s Incognito Mode.Privacy and security company “pCloud” compiled data on which popular apps share the most personal information, based on Apple’s new privacy labels.

Facebook’s new PR blitz touts benefits of personalized ads ahead of Apple’s privacy feature

Facebook’s new PR blitz touts benefits of personalized ads ahead of Apple’s privacy feature

Andrew Stirk, Facebook’s head of company marketing, discussed the new ad campaign in an interview with CNBC: The goal is to help people understand the role that personalized ads play for small businesses, for their ability to grow and thrive, and also the role they play in helping discover ideas that might not otherwise exist, that they might not otherwise find.

Apple Vs Facebook Who Will Win The Data Privacy War?

Apple Vs Facebook Who Will Win The Data Privacy War?

Two of the world’s biggest technology companies, Apple and Facebook, are taking very different approaches to user privacy, and their decisions are having ripple effects throughout the tech community.

Can anyone moderate podcasts?

Can anyone moderate podcasts?

It’s reasonable to want Apple to not benefit from clearly harmful voices, but the incident speaks to how unprepared the podcast industry is to moderate: companies face huge challenges in even finding infringing content, and there’s little to no transparency from the big players in how they monitor the listings in their apps.

Facebook’s Misleading Campaign Against Apple’s Privacy Policy

Facebook’s Misleading Campaign Against Apple’s Privacy Policy

According to Facebook, Apple’s decision is especially damaging during this pandemic, because, as Facebook’s ads and website state, “Forty-four percent of small to medium businesses started or increased their usage of personalized ads on social media during the pandemic, according to a new Deloitte study.”.

China releases draft of major new privacy law: why it matters to everyone online

China releases draft of major new privacy law: why it matters to everyone online

A blog post on New America explains: China’s draft PIPL represents a third way between the sectoral U.S. approach, which applies different rules for specific industries or classes of consumers, and the European Union’s comprehensive General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) framework, which enshrines fundamental rights across contexts.

In Celebration of Becoming Open Source, Threema Is 50% Off

In Celebration of Becoming Open Source, Threema Is 50% Off

Threema’s cryptographic procedures have been thoroughly documented from the outset, the proper application of the encryption library could always be verified independently, and external audits have repeatedly confirmed the apps’ security.

Apple And Google Admit Ethereum App To Let Employees Prove They’ve Been Vaccinated

Apple And Google Admit Ethereum App To Let Employees Prove They’ve Been Vaccinated

Far from a theoretical blockchain application that might be of value at some future date, the app, which lets users prove a wide range of personal information, as well as spend bitcoin, ether, a version of the U.S. dollar issued on the ethereum blockchain, and Civic’s own token is available today on both Apple’s App Store and Google Play.

Apple doubles down on upcoming iOS 14 privacy features, slams Facebook for collecting ‘as much data as possible’

Apple doubles down on upcoming iOS 14 privacy features, slams Facebook for collecting ‘as much data as possible’

In a letter sent to the Ranking Digital Rights organization, Apple’s Jane Horvath, senior director of global privacy, reiterated that the company believes that “privacy is a fundamental human right.” Horvath explains that Apple delayed the App Tracking Transparency (ATT) feature in an effort to give developers more time to prepare for the changes.

Who am I to decide when algorithms should make important decisions?

Who am I to decide when algorithms should make important decisions?

Technical know-how, whether in government or in the technology industry, cannot substitute for contextual understanding and lived experiences in determining whether it’s appropriate to apply AI systems in sensitive social domains.

Grayshift, The Startup That Breaks Into iPhones For The Feds, Raises $47 Million

Grayshift, The Startup That Breaks Into iPhones For The Feds, Raises $47 Million

It’s a huge round for a phone forensics company, especially one that’s focused almost exclusively on breaking through the security of Apple’s famous device.The GrayKey is believed to be capable of hacking iPhones up to the iPhone 11, though it’s unclear how effective the tool is against the iPhone 12.

A self-erasing chip for security and anti-counterfeit tech

A self-erasing chip for security and anti-counterfeit tech

Che-Hsuan Cheng, a doctoral student in material science and engineering in Deotare’s group and the first author on the study in Advanced Optical Materials, is most interested in its application as self-erasing invisible ink for sending secret messages.

Daring Fireball: Dickhead of the Week: Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri

Daring Fireball: Dickhead of the Week: Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri

This is Facebook’s political/PR strategy on this issue: (1) to ask everyone to ignore the plain truth that Apple’s changes to IDFA tracking are for exactly the reason Apple states: to give users control over their own privacy; and (2) to claim that Apple’s actions aren’t hurting Facebook but instead are hurting “small businesses”.

Los Angeles settles Weather Channel lawsuit, lets it keep selling location data to advertisers

Los Angeles settles Weather Channel lawsuit, lets it keep selling location data to advertisers

We collect your device’s location information and pressure sensor data through our applications so that we can offer you certain location-based features like forecasts, weather alerts, and ads, and to provide and improve our Services.

LinkedIn sued over allegation it secretly reads Apple users' clipboard content

LinkedIn sued over allegation it secretly reads Apple users' clipboard content

(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp’s (MSFT.O) LinkedIn was sued by a New York-based iPhone user on Friday for allegedly reading and diverting users’ sensitive content from Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O) Universal Clipboard application.

Germany’s highest court rules individual right to privacy applies to everyone, even non-Germans

Germany’s highest court rules individual right to privacy applies to everyone, even non-Germans

Germany’s Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof), the highest court in the country, has ruled that parts of a 2016 law that allowed monitoring of the internet activity of foreign targets outside of Germany are unconstitutional.

FBI cracks alleged al-Qaida shooter’s iPhone without Apple’s help

FBI cracks alleged al-Qaida shooter’s iPhone without Apple’s help

Law enforcement officials have been critical of Apple’s stance on privacy and encryption dating back to 2015 when the FBI got a court order demanding Apple unlock a dead terrorist’s iPhone.

Here’s how China has made mass surveillance a “killer application” for AI: will the US do the same?

Here’s how China has made mass surveillance a “killer application” for AI: will the US do the same?

Its main point is that in China, “Mass surveillance is a killer application for deep learning”, and that “an entire generation of Al unicorns is collecting the bulk of their early revenue from government security contracts.” For example, AI companies such as Yitu and Sensetime advertise on their Web sites that Chinese police departments are using their facial recognition technology to catch criminals and solve murder cases.

Keeping your digital footprint clean during quarantine

Keeping your digital footprint clean during quarantine

Tips that you’ve undoubtedly heard an inundating number of times by now include to wash your hands for at least twenty seconds, how to make disinfectant at home, remembering to stay masked when in public, etc.It’s time to consider applying the world’s newfound appreciation of sanitary habits to the digital world, too.

Critics raise privacy concerns as France considers digital tracking to battle coronavirus

Critics raise privacy concerns as France considers digital tracking to battle coronavirus

In the mind of France’s Interior Minister, Christophe Castaner, there is no question: If an application can help fight the Covid-19 pandemic in France by alerting smartphone users that they have been close to a sick person, it should be used.

Coronavirus: SF businesses decline cash, fearing it could spread the virus

Coronavirus: SF businesses decline cash, fearing it could spread the virus

Ritual Coffee doesn’t observe an outright ban (people can pay with cash if that’s all they have, Rinaldi said) but the emphasis on cashless payments is made clear with notices plastered on the shop’s wall and on its website asking customers to use Apple Pay or a credit or debit card.

Swift Crypto helps more developers than ever to build secure applications

Swift Crypto helps more developers than ever to build secure applications

Apple has introduced a new open-source Swift Crypto package which makes the secure capabilities of Apple’s CryptoKit available to the wider Swift community — even if they’re deploying their software on platforms other than Apple’s own.

Top EU court’s advisor: bulk surveillance is “disproportionate”, and national security exemptions do not always apply

Top EU court’s advisor: bulk surveillance is “disproportionate”, and national security exemptions do not always apply

Then, in 2016, the CJEU affirmed that decision by ruling specifically that “EU law precludes national legislation that prescribes general and indiscriminate retention of data,” in what is known as the Tele2 Sverige and Watson judgment.

The FBI Got Data From A Locked iPhone 11 Pro Max—So Why Is It Demanding Apple Unlock Older Phones?

The FBI Got Data From A Locked iPhone 11 Pro Max—So Why Is It Demanding Apple Unlock Older Phones?

LightRocket via Getty ImagesQuestions are being asked about the FBI’s motivations over demanding Apple help it unlock the iPhones of the Pensacola shooting suspect, after Forbes uncovered a search warrant that strongly indicates the feds have access to a tool that can grab data on the latest, and most secure, iPhones.

France fines Google 150 million euros for opaque advertising rules

France fines Google 150 million euros for opaque advertising rules

PARIS (Reuters) - France’s competition watchdog fined Google (GOOGL.O) 150 million euros ($167 million) on Friday for abusing its power over the treatment of advertisers, saying it applied opaque rules and changed them at will.

The iPhone 11’s U1 chip necessitates constant geolocation checks, Apple says

The iPhone 11’s U1 chip necessitates constant geolocation checks, Apple says

In the meantime, be aware that your iPhone will check your location periodically even if you haven't given any individual apps or services permission to do so, though it appears the location data does not leave your device.

Most Facebook employees wouldn’t trust it with their financial data: survey

Most Facebook employees wouldn’t trust it with their financial data: survey

Between Facebook’s Libra project and Google’s new Google Pay-linked checking accounts, Big Tech is demonstrating big plans to integrate itself into the world of digital finance.The survey, released today, polled more than 5,000 professionals working at various companies, including Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Uber.

1.2 billion people exposed in data leak includes personal info, LinkedIN, Facebook

1.2 billion people exposed in data leak includes personal info, LinkedIN, Facebook

The data within the three different PDL indexes also varied slightly, some focusing on scraped LinkedIN information, email addresses and phone numbers, while other indexes provided information on individual social media profiles such as a person’s Facebook, Twitter, and Github URLs. According to their website, the PDL application can be used to search: Over 1.5 Billion unique people, including close to 260 million in the US.

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