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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

Apple’s Consumer Data Collection Patents Prove Data Privacy Risks

Looking at Apple’s filings with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, it seems clear that, while Cook and Wozniak may be saying the right things in public, Apple itself might be just as culpable of over-collecting user data behind the scenes.

As a recent article published by The Canberra Times in Australia notes, Apple apps pre-installed on the iPhone were able collect personal information, including the name and location of childcare services, despite the fact that the writer attempted to delete those apps and did not give those apps additional data permissions.

Source: Apple’s Consumer Data Collection Patents Prove Data Privacy Risks

Cops Around the Country Can Now Unlock iPhones, Records Show

A Motherboard investigation has found that law enforcement agencies across the country have purchased GrayKey, a relatively cheap tool for bypassing the encryption on iPhones, while the FBI pushes again for encryption backdoors.

Source: Cops Around the Country Can Now Unlock iPhones, Records Show – Motherboard

More than 600 apps had access to my iPhone data

While Facebook desperately tightens controls over how third parties access its users’ data – trying to mend its damaged reputation – attention is focusing on the wider issue of data harvesting and the threat it poses to our personal privacy.

Data harvesting is a multibillion dollar industry and the sobering truth is that you may never know just how much data companies hold about you, or how to delete it.

Source: ‘More than 600 apps had access to my iPhone data’ – BBC News

Putting patient data on phones introduces new privacy and security concerns

The recent push from both Apple and the CMS to give patients more control of their own health data stands to boost patient engagement, which most in the industry consider a good thing. But moving data outside of the relatively safe confines of an electronic health record adds another layer of risk and vulnerability.

As more parties gain access to the data, more avenues for breaches open up, potentially jeopardizing not just information security but also patient privacy. Bad actors can now target not only EHR systems but also patients’ phones, where health data reside.

Source: Putting patient data on phones introduces new privacy and security concerns – Modern Healthcare

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