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Apple gives U.S. users tool to see what data it has collected

Apple 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. It also gives users a simpler way to make changes to the data, suspend their Apple account or even permanently delete it. Previously such tool was available to users in the European Union and was built in response to the region’s General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR.

Source: Apple gives U.S. users tool to see what data it has collected | Reuters

China reportedly infiltrated Apple and other US companies using ‘spy’ chips on servers

U.S-based server motherboard specialist Supermicro was compromised in China where government-affiliated groups are alleged to have infiltrated its supply chain to attach tiny chips, some merely the size of a pencil tip, to motherboards which ended up in servers deployed in the U.S. The goal was to gain an entry point within company systems to potentially grab IP or confidential information. While the micro-servers themselves were limited in terms of direct capabilities, they represented a “stealth doorway” that could allow China-based operatives to remotely alter how a device functioned to potentially access information.

Source: China reportedly infiltrated Apple and other US companies using ‘spy’ chips on servers | TechCrunch

Silicon Valley finally pushes for data privacy laws at Senate hearing

Amazon, Apple, Google, and others endorsed federal data privacy laws Wednesday, but experts argue consumer voices were lacking It seems Silicon Valley and Congress can finally agree on something after all – the need for data privacy regulation.

Source: Silicon Valley finally pushes for data privacy laws at Senate hearing

Facial Recognition Tech Is Ready for Its Post-Phone Future

Apple’s Face ID turned facial recognition into the iPhone’s hottest feature. It isn’t just cool; it is convenient.  A year later, the technology is ready to break through to new applications. Companies are pitching facial recognition software as the future of everything from retail to policing. This technology can catalog your photos, help reunite families or potentially be misused and abused by private companies and public authorities alike.

Full article: Facial Recognition Tech Is Ready for Its Post-Phone Future | WIRED

Browsers aim to thwart tracking

New protections in Apple’s Safari and Mozilla’s Firefox browsers aim to prevent companies from turning “cookie” data files used to store sign-in details and preferences into broader trackers that take note of what you read, watch and research on other sites.

Source: Apple, Firefox browsers aim to thwart Facebook, Google tracking

Apple will replace TouchID with FaceID

The new iPhones announced on Wednesday, the iPhone XS, the XS Max, and the XR, only use FaceID, TouchID’s heir apparent. FaceID was introduced in 2017 in a perhaps less flawless fashion.

“Unlocking it is as easy as looking at it and swiping up,” Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi said as the then-brand-new $999 iPhone X failed to unlock. “And you know—let’s try that again.”

Source: Apple Killed TouchID Live In Front of Thousands of Eyewitnesses – Motherboard

Apple Removes Top Security App For Stealing Data and Sending it to China

Apple has removed the #1 selling anti-malware app called Adware Doctor from the Mac App Store because it was gathering browsing history and other sensitive information without a user’s permission and then uploading it to someone in China.

Source: Apple Removes Top Security App For Stealing Data and Sending it to China

Apple App Store Privacy Policy to be Updated

App Store rules will oblige developers will have to disclose how users’ personal data is used, safeguarded and shared under a new privacy policy.

In the release posted on the App Store Connect page to announce the new rules Apple did not refer to the new European Union General Data Protection Regulation as an influencing factor behind the changes. However, the amendments seem to mirror the requirements of GDPR.

Source: Apple App Store Privacy Policy to be Updated Following Introduction of GDPR – Compliance Junction

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