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Apple to US Congress: “We are radically different” on privacy

Apple has responded to a letter from Congress asking it to detail its data security and privacy issues, saying that it is radically different from other tech firms. The letter was sent a month ago, actually, there were two; one was sent by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce to the Apple CEO, Tim Cook, the other to Alphabet CEO Larry Page.

Source: Apple to US Congress: “We are radically different” on privacy

Police can now access your iPhone without your help

A newly developed tool aimed at cracking the code of Apple iPhones is being pursued or already in the hands of several Bay Area law enforcement agencies. While facial recognition, fingerprint and passcodes may seem secure, there’s a new way for police to get around it.

Source: Police can now access your iPhone without your help – Story | KTVU

Popular mobile apps aren’t protecting your personal data

Some of the most popular mobile apps are letting just anyone access your personal data. Millions of passwords, GPS locations, and financial records are sitting unprotected in plain sight. Researchers found that of the 27,227 Android apps and 1,275 iOS apps storing their app’s data in Firebase’s backend database systems, 3,046 of these apps saved data within 2,271 unsecured databases that literally anyone could access.

Source: Popular mobile apps aren’t protecting your personal data

Apple bans developers from creating, selling user Contacts databases

Apple is trying to make it harder for developers to abuse users’ information collected through apps. Apple updated its App Store Review Guidelines with more detailed rules on what developers can do with users’ Contacts address book information. Now, developers cannot make databases using address book information collected from iPhone users, nor can they share or sell such databases to third parties.

Source: Apple bans developers from creating, selling user Contacts databases | Ars Technica

Apple to Close iPhone Security Hole That Law Enforcement Uses to Crack Devices

Apple is closing a technological loophole that let authorities hack into locked iPhones, infuriating law enforcement officials and reigniting a debate over security versus privacy.

Source: Apple to Close iPhone Security Hole That Law Enforcement Uses to Crack Devices – The New York Times

Alexa and other smart speakers may endanger privacy rights

Legal experts say internet-connected smart speakers are the latest example of how technology and devices endear themselves to consumers before they realize the downsides.

The devices are supposed to begin recording the conversation only in response to “wake words” — like “Alexa” (for the Echo), “OK Google” (for the Google Home) and “Hey Siri” (for Apple’s HomePod). But they may be able to hear background conversations while activated.

Source: Alexa and other smart speakers may endanger privacy rights – SFChronicle.com

Can Digital Assistants Work without Prying into Our Lives?

Personalized AI requires personal data. Apple, Google and others say they can now grab more of it while keeping privacy and security intact. However, some security researchers still have reservations.

Source: Private Smarts: Can Digital Assistants Work without Prying into Our Lives? – Scientific American

Apple Just Made Safari the Good Privacy Browser

The newest version of Apple’s Safari comes with new privacy enhancing features. Browser will push back hard against the ad-tracking methods and device fingerprinting techniques that marketers and data brokers use to monitor web users as they browse.

The next version of Safari will explicitly prompt you when a website tries to access your cookies or other data, and let you decide whether to allow it, a welcome step toward explicit choices about online tracking. Safari will also make a dent in defeating the so-called “fingerprinting” approach, in which marketers use publicly accessible information about devices—like the way they’re configured, the fonts they have installed, and the plug-ins they run—to assign them an individual, trackable ID.

Source: WWDC 2018: Apple Just Made Safari the Good Privacy Browser | WIRED

GDPR attacks: First Google, Facebook, now activists go after Apple, Amazon, LinkedIn

Just days after the new law comes into force, privacy activists add more tech giants to their list of GDPR targets. French digital rights group La Quadrature du Net hasn’t just gone after Google and Facebook. It’s pursuing Apple, Amazon, and LinkedIn as well.

Source: GDPR attacks: First Google, Facebook, now activists go after Apple, Amazon, LinkedIn | ZDNet

EU moves to regulate tech giants’ business practices

Tech giants including Google, Apple and Amazon will for the first time face rules governing their commercial relations with smaller businesses under a law proposed by the European Union on Thursday.

The new rules will specifically target app stores, search engines, e-commerce sites and hotel booking websites such as Expedia, requiring them to be more transparent about how they rank search results and why they delist some services.

Source: EU moves to regulate tech giants’ business practices | Reuters

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