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Apple declined to implement 16 Web APIs in Safari due to privacy concerns

Apple said this week that it declined to implement 16 new web technologies (Web APIs) in Safari because they posed a threat to user privacy by opening new avenues for user fingerprinting.

Apple claims that the 16 Web APIs above would allow online advertisers and data analytics firms to create scripts that fingerprint users and their devices.

Source: Apple declined to implement 16 Web APIs in Safari due to privacy concerns | ZDNet

TikTok and 53 other iOS apps still snoop your sensitive clipboard data

Passwords, bitcoin addresses, and anything else in clipboards are free for the taking.

The privacy invasion is the result of the apps repeatedly reading any text that happens to reside in clipboards, which computers and other devices use to store data that has been cut or copied from things like password managers and email programs. With no clear reason for doing so the apps deliberately called an iOS programming interface that retrieves text from users’ clipboards.

Source: TikTok and 53 other iOS apps still snoop your sensitive clipboard data | Ars Technica

iPhone spyware lets police log suspects’ passcodes when cracking doesn’t work

A tool, previously unknown to the public, doesn’t have to crack the code that people use to unlock their phones. It just has to log the code as the user types it in.

The spyware has been available for about a year but this is the first time details of its existence have been reported, in part because of the non-disclosure agreements police departments sign when they buy a device from Grayshift known as GrayKey.

Source: iPhone spyware lets police log suspects’ passcodes when cracking doesn’t work

Attorney General pens letters to Apple, Google urging them to protect consumer privacy on COVID-19 tracing apps

Attorney General Letitia James is calling on two major tech companies to protect consumer information and privacy as New Yorkers and Americans across the country continue to battle COVID-19.

In letters penned to Apple and Google, AG James is urging both companies to make sure that existing and future third-party contact tracing apps published through Apple’s App Store and Android’s Play Store do not inappropriately collect and retain users’ sensitive information. The letter also asks that the companies make it clear to consumers the difference between apps launched by governmental public health agencies, meant to notify individuals they may have been exposed to the virus, and third-party contact tracing apps, which could possibly take advantage of consumers for financial gain.

Source: Attorney General pens letters to Apple, Google urging them to protect consumer privacy on COVID-19 tracing apps – amNewYork

Apple Warns Looters With Stolen iPhones: You Are Being Tracked

Apple stores were attacked or damaged in Washington D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Philadelphia, with looters stealing whatever products were accessible at the time.

The message that greets a looter powering up their new device: “This device has been disabled and is being tracked,” it says. “Local authorities will be alerted.”

Source: Apple Warns Looters With Stolen iPhones: You Are Being Tracked

Apple Pays Hacker $100,000 Bug Bounty for Finding Huge Apple Security Hole

A bug bounty hunter in India found an Apple security hole. Essentially, anyone could request a token for any email ID. Apple’s servers would then verify that token, so an attacker could gain access to any account you had linked to it.

‘Sign In With Apple’ is supposed to increase your online security and privacy by not revealing personal information when you sign up for accounts on websites or in apps. In fact, Apple requires that developers make it available as an option when they also include social sign-up capability from companies like Facebook or Google. Actually, however, it potentially opened up your online accounts to anyone who had your email address and was technical enough to post a simple request to the Apple ID servers.

Source: Hacker Finds Huge Apple Security Hole; Apple Pays $100,000 Bug Bounty

EU privacy regulators investigate Apple’s handling of Siri snippets again

Apple is facing fresh questions from its lead data protection regulator in Europe following a public complaint by a former contractor who revealed last year that workers doing quality grading for Siri were routinely overhearing sensitive user data.

Responding to the latest Apple complaint from le Bonniec, the DPC’s deputy commissioner, Graham Doyle, told TechCrunch: “The DPC engaged with Apple on this issue when it first arose last summer and Apple has since made some changes. However, we have followed up again with Apple following the release of this public statement and await responses.”

Source: Apple’s handling of Siri snippets back in the frame after letter of complaint to EU privacy regulators | TechCrunch

Apple whistleblower blasts company over ‘violating fundamental rights’

Thomas le Bonniec revealed last year that while working for Apple he overheard Siri users’ private moments including drug deals and people having sex.

Although Apple apologized and suspended the program last year, le Bonniec is calling on privacy regulators to punish the tech giant. “It is worrying that Apple (and undoubtedly not just Apple) keeps ignoring and violating fundamental rights and continues their massive collection of data,” he writes.

Full article: Apple whistleblower blasts company over ‘violating fundamental rights’ – Business Insider

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

U.S. authorities have reportedly broken through the encryption on one of the iPhones belonging to a mass shooter without the help of Apple who refused to create a backdoor saying it violated privacy rights.

FBI defeated the password on the iPhone belonging to Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, a Saudi military trainee who went on a mass shooting at a Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida last December killing four and injuring eight.

Source: FBI cracks alleged al-Qaida shooter’s iPhone without Apple’s help | Cult of Mac

Health officials think Apple and Google virus-tracking apps will be useless

Apple and Google’s last month announced of a joint effort to track the coronavirus. But as the tech giants have revealed more details, officials now say the software will be of little use.

The tension over virus-tracking apps reflects a major power imbalance between the tech giants and state and local health officials, who argue that Apple and Google’s technical decisions have undermined their response to a global health emergency. It also highlights the tech giants’ ability to exert unfettered control over how billions of smartphones work.

Source: Apple and Google clash with health officials over virus-tracking apps – The Washington Post

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