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How to Delete Cookies in Safari

Tuesday March 23, 2021 5:30 pm PDT by
When you browse the web on your devices, websites will often leave cookies on your system so that they can remember you and what your preferences are. Some cookies are genuinely useful, as they allow sites to save your personal information (such as your login credentials) so that you don't have to keep entering it every time you visit. However, for the same reason, cookies can pose a...

iOS 14: How to Prevent Network Operators From Tracking Your iPhone or iPad Across Wi-Fi Networks

Thursday October 15, 2020 11:21 pm PDT by
In iOS 14, your iPhone or iPad can use a different MAC address with each Wi-Fi network to prevent network operators from tracking your phone across different WiFi networks. To communicate with a Wi-Fi network, a device has to identify itself to the network with a unique network address called a media access control (MAC) address. If your iOS device always uses the same Wi-Fi MAC address...

iOS 14 Green and Orange Dots: What Do They Mean?

Tuesday September 8, 2020 1:58 pm PDT by
Digital privacy is a perennial hot topic these days, and Apple is regarded as being at the forefront of security when it comes to smartphone and tablet operating systems. For example, for an app to access your iPhone or iPad's camera, camera and microphone access must be enabled for the app in question in the Settings app. Social media apps will often ask you for access to your device's...

How to Delete Your Siri Audio History and Opt Out of Siri Audio Sharing on Mac

Thursday May 14, 2020 10:57 pm PDT by
This article explains how to delete your Siri audio interaction history and opt out of sharing audio recordings with Apple on Macs. In 2019, it was discovered that Apple hired contractors to listen to a small percentage of anonymized ‌Siri‌ recordings to evaluate the virtual assistant's responses with the purpose of improving accuracy and reliability. The Guardian revealed that Apple...

How to Delete Siri Audio History and Opt Out of Siri Audio Sharing on HomePod

Thursday October 31, 2019 2:13 am PDT by
This article explains how to delete your Siri audio interaction history and opt out of sharing audio recordings with Apple on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. How to Opt Out of Siri Audio Sharing on HomePod How to Delete Your Siri Audio History on HomePod Earlier this year, it was discovered that Apple hired contractors to listen to a small percentage of anonymized Siri recordings to evaluate...

How to Delete Your Siri Audio History and Opt Out of Siri Audio Sharing

Tuesday October 29, 2019 9:18 am PDT by
This article explains how to delete your Siri audio interaction history and opt out of sharing audio recordings with Apple on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. How to Opt Out of Siri Audio Sharing How to Delete Your Siri Audio History Earlier this year, it was discovered that Apple hired contractors to listen to a small percentage of anonymized Siri recordings to evaluate the virtual...

How to Use Firefox Private Network to Encrypt Your Web Traffic

Thursday September 12, 2019 2:18 am PDT by
Mozilla this week began piloting its own browser-based VPN service, and if you're located in the U.S. you can start testing it for free right away. Called the Firefox Private Network, the service promises Firefox users a more secure, encrypted path to the web that prevents eavesdroppers from spying on your browsing activity and hides your location from websites and ad trackers. In that...

How to Restrict an App's Location Access in iOS 13

Wednesday July 24, 2019 10:08 am PDT by
Apple has doubled down on its privacy features in iOS 13, giving iPhone and iPad users a more granular view of how apps access their location information. On Apple devices, the location services that apps can tap into use GPS, Bluetooth, and crowd-sourced Wi-Fi hotspot and cellular mast locations to determine your approximate location. The good news is that iOS 13 makes you more aware of how...

How to Request a Copy of Your Apple ID Account Data

Wednesday October 17, 2018 1:30 pm PDT by
Apple now allows its customers to download a copy of their personally identifiable data from Apple apps and services. This can include purchase or app usage history, Apple Music and Game Center statistics, marketing history, AppleCare support history, and any data stored on Apple servers, including the likes of calendars, photos, and documents. This article outlines the steps you need to take ...

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Protecting Your Privacy in Safari for OS X El Capitan

Friday August 5, 2016 10:27 am PDT by
Every time you visit a website you are sharing information about yourself with the outside world. This article runs through a number of methods you can use to gain more control over what gets shared, and who it gets shared with, whenever you use Apple's Safari browser to access the web on a Mac. It also covers methods you can use to prevent traces of your browsing history from showing up on...

Protecting Your Privacy in Safari for iOS

Thursday July 28, 2016 12:36 pm PDT by
Every time you visit a website on your iPhone or iPad, you are sharing information about yourself with the outside world. This guide runs through a number of methods you can use to gain more control over what gets shared, and who it gets shared with, whenever you use Apple's Safari browser to access the web on an iOS device. It also covers some methods you can use to prevent traces of your...

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Apple CEO Tim Cook to Speak at EU Data Protection Conference This Thursday

Tuesday January 26, 2021 6:50 am PST by
Apple CEO Tim Cook will speak at the EU Computers, Privacy, and Data Protection (CPDP) conference later this week (via Macerkopf). CPDP is a Brussels-based non-profit platform founded in 2007 by a group of European universities. The conference offers an insight into legal, regulatory, academic, and technological development in privacy and data protection, and seeks to discuss emerging...
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There's Still No Sign of Privacy Labels for Most Google iOS Apps

Wednesday January 20, 2021 11:46 am PST by
As of December 8, Apple has been requiring developers submitting new apps and app updates to provide privacy label information that outlines the data that each app collects from users when it is installed. Many app developers, such as Facebook, have complied and now include the privacy labels alongside their apps, but there's one notable outlier -- Google. Google has not updated its major ...
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WhatsApp Affirms User Privacy Following Backlash Over Data Sharing With Facebook

Tuesday January 12, 2021 5:39 am PST by
Following backlash after changing its terms and privacy policy to consolidate a significant amount of data sharing with Facebook, WhatsApp is now assuring users about the privacy measures built into its app. Last week, WhatsApp began informing users of updates to the app's terms of service and privacy policy. The updated agreements, which users must consent to in order to continue using...
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Mandatory WhatsApp Privacy Policy Update Allows User Data to be Shared With Facebook

Wednesday January 6, 2021 4:22 am PST by
WhatsApp's latest terms and privacy policy allows the popular messaging app to share a significant amount of user data with Facebook (via XDA Developers). WhatsApp users are today receiving an in-app notice informing them about the app's updated terms of service and privacy policy. The notice gives an overview of the main three updates, covering how WhatsApp processes user data, how...
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Google Planning to Update iOS Apps With Privacy Labels Soon

Tuesday January 5, 2021 3:29 pm PST by
Earlier today, Fast Company shared an article noting that Google has yet to update its iPhone and iPad apps to bring them in line with Apple's new App Store privacy labels requirement. Fast Company speculated that Google might be trying to delay revealing its privacy label data, but it turns out that's not the case. According to a report from TechCrunch, Google is not taking a stand against...
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WhatsApp Protests Apple's App Store Privacy Requirements

Wednesday December 9, 2020 3:55 am PST by
WhatsApp is protesting Apple's requirement that developers submit information about what user data they collect to create new privacy labels on the App Store (via Axios). WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, has accused Apple of anti-competitive behavior because iMessage is preinstalled on iPhones and does not need to be downloaded from the App Store, where the new privacy labels will be...
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Craig Federighi Shares Apple's Four Privacy Principles in Conference Keynote

Tuesday December 8, 2020 10:22 am PST by
Apple software engineering chief Craig Federighi today spoke at the virtual European Data Protection & Privacy Conference, where he highlighted Apple's approach to privacy and commitment to keeping customer data safe. Federighi's keynote speech is available through the YouTube embed above, but make sure to skip to the 49 minute mark. Apple executives often speak about privacy, so much of...
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Apple and Cloudflare Develop New Privacy-Focused Internet Protocol

Tuesday December 8, 2020 3:55 am PST by
Cloudflare has today announced that it has developed a new internet protocol, in collaboration with engineers from Apple and Fastly, focused on privacy (via TechCrunch). The protocol, dubbed "Oblivious DNS-over-HTTPS," or "ODoH," makes it more difficult for internet service providers to know which websites users have visited. When visiting a website, browsers use a DNS resolver to...
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Apple Could Ban Apps That Don't Follow iOS 14 Anti-Tracking Rules, Says Software Chief Craig Federighi

Tuesday December 8, 2020 3:23 am PST by
Apple's software engineering chief Craig Federighi has warned developers to "play by the rules" as they relate to Apple's upcoming anti-tracking policy for iOS 14, or their apps could be removed from the App Store. Starting early next year, ‌iOS 14‌ will require apps to get opt-in permission from users to collect their random advertising identifier, which advertisers use to deliver...
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Apple Software Chief Craig Federighi Defends App Tracking Transparency Feature

Friday November 20, 2020 7:55 am PST by
Following Apple's confirmation that it still plans to introduce a new App Tracking Transparency feature that will let users know when companies want to track them across apps and websites, which has attracted criticism from companies such as Facebook, Craig Federighi has explained more about the rationale behind the change to The Independent. The App Tracking Transparency feature allows...
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Apple Shares Humorous Privacy-Focused iPhone Ad Where People Overshare Personal Info With Strangers

Thursday September 3, 2020 6:13 am PDT by
Apple today shared a humorous new privacy-focused iPhone ad in which people awkwardly overshare their personal information with strangers, such as their credit card number, login details, and web browsing history. On a bus, for example, a man loudly proclaims that he has browsed eight websites for divorce attorneys that day. And during dinner at a restaurant, a woman tells the other two...
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Apple's Craig Federighi Highlights iOS 14 and MacOS Big Sur Privacy Updates in New Interview

Monday June 22, 2020 3:05 pm PDT by
iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and macOS Big Sur include some notable privacy updates that offer useful privacy protections for those that invest in and use Apple's range of iPhones, iPads, and Macs. In an interview with Fast Company, Apple software chief Craig Federighi highlighted all of the new privacy features that users can look forward to when the new software updates come out this fall, plus he...
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Signal Encrypted Messenger Rolling Out New Face-Blurring Tool for Shared Images

Thursday June 4, 2020 2:39 am PDT by
Encrypted messaging app Signal is rolling out a new face-blurring feature that automatically locates and blurs faces in images shared over the platform. In a blog post announcing the update, Signal co-founder Moxie Marlinspike explained that the tool was a response to a surge in traffic, spurred by ongoing protests around the world against racism and poice brutality. Many of the people and ...
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Apple and Google in 'Standoff' With UK Health Service Over COVID-19 Contact Tracing App

Friday April 17, 2020 4:39 am PDT by
Apple and Google are said to be in a "standoff" with the UK's health service over its plans to build an app that alerts users when they have been in contact with someone with coronavirus. Apple and Google announced on Friday that they are working together on Bluetooth technology to help governments and health agencies reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus around the world. Apple says...
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Zoom Accused of Misleading Users With 'End-to-End Encryption' Claims Amid Other Security Issues [Updated]

Wednesday April 1, 2020 2:47 am PDT by
Zoom is facing fresh scrutiny today following a report that the videoconferencing app's encryption claims are misleading. Zoom states on its website and in its security white paper that the app supports end-to-end encryption, a term that refers to a way of protecting user content so that the company has no access to it whatsoever. However, an investigation by The Intercept reveals that...
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U.S. Government Using Mobile Ad Location Data to Track Compliance With Curbs on Movement

Monday March 30, 2020 4:48 am PDT by
The U.S. government is using smartphone location data from the mobile ad industry to track people's movements amid the coronavirus outbreak, according to a Wall Street Journal report. Local governments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have received the anonymized data about people in areas of "geographic interest," with the aim being to create a portal of geolocation...
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Israel Passes Emergency Law to Track and Trace Mobile Users With Suspected COVID-19

Wednesday March 18, 2020 4:54 am PDT by
Israel has passed emergency measures that will allow security agencies to track the smartphone data of people with suspected COVID-19 and find others they may have come into contact with (via BBC News). The Israeli government said the new powers will be used to identify people infected with coronavirus and make sure they're following quarantine rules. On Monday, an Israeli parliamentary...
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MI5 Argues for 'Exceptional Access' to Encrypted Messages

Friday February 28, 2020 3:17 am PST by
The director general of Britain's Security Service is arguing for "exceptional access" to encrypted messages, in the ongoing battle between authorities and technology companies, reports The Guardian. MI5 head Andrew Parker MI5's director general has called on technology companies to find a way to allow spy agencies "exceptional access" to encrypted messages, amid fears they cannot otherwise...
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Apple's Privacy Officer Jane Horvath Uses CES Appearance to Defend Company Stance on Encryption and Software Backdoors

Wednesday January 8, 2020 2:40 am PST by
Apple's chief privacy officer attended a discussion panel at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Tuesday to debate the state of consumer privacy, marking the first time in 28 years that Apple has been at CES in an official capacity. Apple's privacy officer at CES 2020 panel (Image: Parker Ortolani) Jane Horvath, Apple's senior director for global privacy, joined an all-female panel...
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NYT Investigation Reveals How Easily Smartphone Location Data Can Be Used to Identify and Track Individuals

Thursday December 19, 2019 8:06 am PST by
The New York Times today claimed that it has obtained a file with the precise location of over 12 million smartphones over a period of several months in 2016 and 2017. While this data is technically anonymized, the report details how easy it is to associate specific data points with specific individuals. With the help of publicly available information, like home addresses, The New York Times ...