Apple is great on privacy but …

17 09 2018

the most obvious thing missing here is simply this:

You hate Apple’s built-in Contacts app so you go to the App Store and download a 3rd-party replacement. It will ask you for permission to access your contacts – which means the contacts database in which Apple’s built-in app governs data – and boom, all your information is there and ready to use. For what?

Do you know what happens if you grant access to your your contacts, your current location, your mails, etc?

Do you know what happens if you like to revoke access to your Contacts app?

The simple answer is

you can’t know it because the answer is in the developer’s code you don’t have access to.

To ask for the user’s permission before accessing personal information is a step in the right direction. And some of the information these apps are collecting are necessary for them to work properly. But once an app has permission to collect that information, it can share your data with anyone the app’s developer wants to.

This is expressed in the Third-Party Doctrine, a legal theory that holds that people who voluntarily give information to third parties – such as banks, phone companies, internet service providers, developers of apps, e-mail servers, etc – have “no reasonable expectation of privacy.

More …

iMore: Privacy and Developers

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Zuckerberg didn’t get it

31 03 2018

Copy and Paste some of Steve’s beliefs is welcome

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which takes effect on May 25th will restrict how tech companies collect, store, and use personal data. In this context nobody talks about Apple but Facebook and Google.

There should be more people to learn from Steve Jobs’ beliefs about dealing with customer data.

Collecting data, selling them and using them for manipulation is a business model which shouldn’t be accepted any longer.

At a Wall Street Journal conference in 2010, Steve Jobs discussed the responsibility tech companies have to protect user privacy. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, whose company is taking heat for its data sharing practices, was in the audience.

Here is what I extracted from the video:

“No, Silicon Valley is not monolithic. We’ve always had a very different view at privacy with some of our colleagues in the Valley.

We take privacy extremely serious. Privacy means people know what they’re signing up for. In plain English and repeatedly. That’s what it means. … I believe people are smart and some people wanna share more data than other people do. Ask them. Ask them every time. … Let them know precisely what you gonna do with their data.”

And here’s the video;

My suggestion, follow Apple’s strong convictions and #DeleteFacebook.

we’ll see an updated Apple ID website soon with revamped privacy settings, an option to download all your data, and entirely delete your account (which can be a nightmare on other platforms).

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