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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

Apple will require all apps to have a privacy policy as of October 3

Apple is cracking down on apps that don’t communicate to users how their personal data is used, secured or shared. All apps, including those still in testing, will be required to have a privacy policy as of October 3, 2018.

Source: Apple will require all apps to have a privacy policy as of October 3 | TechCrunch

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

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