iOS 15 Patched Security Hole That Potentially Exposed Users’ Private Apple ID Information to Third-Party Apps

Apple patched two significant security vulnerabilities when it released iOS 15 that could have potentially exposed users’ private Apple ID information and in-app search history to malicious third-party apps and allowed apps to override user Privacy preferences, Apple has revealed in a recent support document update. With most iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS updates, Apple […]

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Apple’s Craig Federighi Says Sideloading on iPhone Would Open the Floodgates to Malware

Apple’s software engineering chief Craig Federighi today expressed his opposition to a provision in Europe’s proposed Digital Markets Act that would require the iPhone to allow sideloading of apps outside of the App Store. Speaking at the Web Summit conference in Portugal, Federighi said sideloading would result in the “floodgates” opening to malware. Federighi said […]

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Apple’s Privacy Features Have Cost Social Media Companies Nearly $10 Billion in Revenue

As a result of its privacy features, Apple has cost social media companies including Meta, formerly known as Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and YouTube, nearly $10 billion in revenue in the second half of 2021, according to an investigation by the Financial Times. The Financial Times found that most users have opted out of tracking using […]

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Apple’s Proposed Phone-Scanning Child Safety Features ‘Invasive, Ineffective, and Dangerous,’ Say Cybersecurity Researchers in New Study

More than a dozen prominent cybersecurity experts hit out at Apple on Thursday for relying on “dangerous technology” in its controversial plan to detect child sexual abuse images on iPhones (via The New York Times). The damning criticism came in a new 46-page study by researchers that looked at plans by Apple and the European […]

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Apple Says iOS is Safer Than Android Because Sideloading Apps Isn’t Allowed

In response to the European Commission’s proposed Digital Markets Act, which could force sideloading of apps on the iPhone in Europe, Apple has shared an in-depth document highlighting the security and privacy risks of sideloading. Sideloading refers to installing apps outside of the App Store, such as from a website or a third-party app store. […]

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Apple Makes iCloud Safari Bookmarks End-To-End Encrypted

Apple has toggled end-to-end encryption for Safari bookmarks in iCloud, further expanding the type of user data that the company fully encrypts, offering the highest level of privacy and data protection. Spotted on Reddit, an update to Apple’s “iCloud security overview” page has indicated that alongside Safari tabs and history, Safari bookmarks are now end-to-end […]

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EFF Flew a Banner Over Apple Park During Last Apple Event to Protest CSAM Plans

In protest of the company’s now delayed CSAM detection plans, the EFF, which has been vocal about Apple’s child safety features plans in the past, flew a banner over Apple Park during the iPhone 13 event earlier this month with a message for the Cupertino tech giant. During Apple’s fully-digital “California streaming” event on September […]

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University Researchers Who Built a CSAM Scanning System Urge Apple to Not Use the ‘Dangerous’ Technology

Respected university researchers are sounding the alarm bells over the technology behind Apple’s plans to scan iPhone users’ photo libraries for CSAM, or child sexual abuse material, calling the technology “dangerous.” Jonanath Mayer, an assistant professor of computer science and public affairs at Princeton University, as well as Anunay Kulshrestha, a researcher at Princeton University […]

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International Coalition of Policy Groups Urges Apple to Abandon ‘Plans to Build Surveillance Capabilities into iPhones’

An international coalition of more than 90 policy and rights groups published an open letter on Thursday urging Apple to abandon its plans to “build surveillance capabilities into iPhones, iPads, and other products” – a reference to the company’s intention to scan users’ iCloud photo libraries for images of child sex abuse (via Reuters). “Though […]

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German Politician Asks Apple CEO Tim Cook to Abandon CSAM Scanning Plans

Member of the German parliament, Manuel Höferlin, who serves as the chairman of the Digital Agenda committee in Germany, has penned a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook, pleading Apple to abandon its plan to scan iPhone users’ photo libraries for CSAM (child sexual abuse material) images later this year. In the two-page letter (via […]

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Apple Employees Internally Raising Concerns Over CSAM Detection Plans

Apple employees are now joining the choir of individuals raising concerns over Apple’s plans to scan iPhone users’ photo libraries for CSAM or child sexual abuse material, reportedly speaking out internally about how the technology could be used to scan users’ photos for other types of content, according to a report from Reuters. According to […]

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Apple Privacy Chief Explains ‘Built-in’ Privacy Protections in Child Safety Features Amid User Concerns

Apple’s Head of Privacy, Erik Neuenschwander, has responded to some of users’ concerns around the company’s plans for new child safety features that will scan messages and Photos libraries, in an interview with TechCrunch. When asked why Apple is only choosing to implement child safety features that scan for Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM), Neuenschwander […]

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Apple Publishes FAQ to Address CSAM Detection and Messages Scanning Concerns

Apple has published a FAQ titled “Expanded Protections for Children” which aims to allay users’ privacy concerns about the new CSAM detection in iCloud Photos and communication safety for Messages features that the company announced last week. “Since we announced these features, many stakeholders including privacy organizations and child safety organizations have expressed their support […]

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Privacy Whistleblower Edward Snowden and EFF Slam Apple’s Plans to Scan Messages and iCloud Images

Apple’s plans to scan users’ iCloud Photos library against a database of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) to look for matches and childrens’ messages for explicit content has come under fire from privacy whistleblower Edward Snowden and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). In a series of tweets, the prominent privacy campaigner and whistleblower Edward Snowden […]

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Apple Introducing New Child Safety Features, Including Scanning Users’ Photo Libraries for Known Sexual Abuse Material

First, the Messages app on the iPhone, iPad, and Mac will be getting a new Communication Safety feature to warn children and their parents when receiving or sending sexually explicit photos. Apple said the Messages app will use on-device machine learning to analyze image attachments, and if a photo is determined to be sexually explicit, […]

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Apple Says Allowing Sideloading on iPhone Would Expose Users to Serious Privacy and Security Risks

Amid the ongoing controversy over its tight control of app distribution on iOS, Apple today laid out its case arguing that allowing apps to be sideloaded on an iPhone would expose users to serious privacy and security risks. Sideloading refers to installing apps from a source outside of the official App Store, such as a […]

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Tim Cook Highlights Apple’s iOS 15 Privacy Protections in New Video for European Audiences

Apple has published a new video to its official regional YouTube channels for European countries that focuses specifically on the new privacy features coming with iOS 15 and iPadOS 15. The video, simply titled “Privacy,” opens with CEO Tim Cook speaking to the camera and explaining Apple’s long-standing stance on the topic: At Apple, we […]

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