Most of the digital advertising industry complained about Apple's iOS 14 privacy updates for nearly a year. Amazon seems to be an early destination for those that are redirecting ad spend from Apple and Facebook.
An announcement by Apple of a new plan to automatically scan iCloud photos for sexual abuse has sparked fears that the system may be used for mass surveillance. Privacy advocates are concerned that it creates an opening for law enforcement agencies.
Data Leak Reveals Pegasus Spyware Found In Use Unlawfully in 20 Countries, With Capability to Break Current iPhone Security
The Pegasus spyware sold by NSO Group, supposed to only be available to law enforcement and intelligence agencies for legitimate and legal uses, appears to be widely available to repressive governments with little oversight.
Chinese Apps Subject to Apple’s New App Tracking Rules, At Least for Now; Controversial CAID Workaround Falls Apart After Bans
An attempt by major Chinese tech firms to circumvent Apple's new app tracking rules appears to have been shuttered. Apple sent a clear message to developers in the Chinese apps market that there would be no exemptions from its global rules.
EU Tech Chief Shoots Down One of Apple’s Strongest Arguments: “Privacy and Security” Cannot be Used as Defenses Against Antitrust Charges
As Apple fends off a variety of antitrust probes, one of the chief arguments it has put forward centers on platform privacy and security. Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice President of the European Commission, is having none of it.
Apple Report Calls Sideloading Apps a “Serious Security Risk” as Antitrust Probes, Epic Games Decision Loom
New report from Apple serves as an invective against the practice of sideloading apps to get around the App Store rules. Apple characterizes any sideloaded app as a "serious security risk.”
Apple Feels Pressure to Renew Public Commitment to Privacy Due to Trump Phone Data Probe, Leaks of Photos During iPhone Repair
Apple is feeling pressure to reaffirm its privacy stance due to two recent news stories: its cooperation with subpoenas from the Trump administration that saw phone data handed over, and a case in which iPhone repair techs stole compromising photos.
Currently slated for a September release, iOS 15 will implement enhanced privacy controls for Siri's speech recognition and email privacy as well as a new "privacy report" feature.
Facebook Attacks Apple With Academic Research; Commissioned Study Claims New iOS 14 Privacy Features Are Anticompetitive
Facebook is employing some creative new tactics in its extended battle with Apple. A paid academic study concludes that Apple's new privacy policies in iOS 14 are anticompetitive.
Faced with unrelenting policy, Apple has reportedly turned over servers containing iCloud data to the charge of the Chinese government.