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Apple holds the master decryption key when it comes to iCloud security, privacy

April 5, 2012

Apple can potentially decrypt and access all data stored on iCloud servers. This includes contacts, notes, unencrypted e-mails, application preferences, Safari bookmarks, calendars, and reminders.

This was recently confirmed by a source speaking to Ars, and security researcher and forensic data analysis expert Jonathan Zdziarski agreed. “I can tell you that the iCloud terms and conditions are pretty telling about what the capabilities are at Apple with respect to iCloud, and suggests they can view any and all content,” Zdziarski told Ars.

In particular, Zdziarski cited particular clauses of iCloud Terms and Conditions that state that Apple can “pre-screen, move, refuse, modify and/or remove Content at any time” if the content is deemed “objectionable” or otherwise in violation of the terms of service. Furthermore, Apple can “access, use, preserve and/or disclose your Account information and Content to law enforcement authorities” whenever required or permitted by law. Apple further says that it will review content reportedly in violation of copyright under DMCA statutes.

“If iCloud data was fully encrypted, they wouldn’t be able to review content, provide content to law enforcement, or attempt to identify DMCA violations,” Zdziarski told Ars.

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Steve Jobs Tribute. 1955 – 2011 – RIP

October 6, 2011
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Apple may face class action over tracking

July 17, 2011

A lawyer in South Koreas announced Thursday that he will lead a class action against Apple Inc. for violation of privacy with its iPhone “tracker” device.

All eyes are now on whether Apple will aggressively defend against the litigation, which may affect the majority of the country’s 3 million iPhone users and inflict billions of won in losses on the business giant.

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Germany says wants clarity on iPhone data storage

April 22, 2011

Apple Inc must clear up “a string of open questions” about user data stored by its iPhone, iPad, and other devices, a spokesman for Germany’s consumer protection ministry said on Thursday.
The call follows a similar request made by U.S. Senator Al Franken on Wednesday, which cited a report by security researchers alleging the company’s iOS4 operating system secretly compiled customers’ location data in a hidden file.

“Apple must reveal where, for how long, and for what purpose the data is saved, who has access to it, and how it is protecting against unauthorized access,” ministry spokesman Holger Eichele said.

“The secret collection and storage of a smart phone’s location data would be a major invasion of privacy,” he added.

Germany has particularly strong data protection laws, and companies such as social networking site Facebook and search engine Google have faced challenges here from regulators.

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iPhone keeps record of everywhere you go

April 21, 2011

Security researchers have discovered that Apple’s iPhone keeps track of where you go – and saves every detail of it to a secret file on the device which is then copied to the owner’s computer when the two are synchronised.

The file contains the latitude and longitude of the phone’s recorded coordinates along with a timestamp, meaning that anyone who stole the phone or the computer could discover details about the owner’s movements using a simple program.

For some phones, there could be almost a year’s worth of data stored, as the recording of data seems to have started with Apple’s iOS 4 update to the phone’s operating system, released in June 2010.

“Apple has made it possible for almost anybody – with access to your phone or computer to get detailed information about where you’ve been,” said Pete Warden, one of the researchers.

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UDID: The Next Privacy Frontier?

March 23, 2011

Companies that make their money in the mobile computing space – application developers, device manufacturers, software adaptors – have a new worry. Many functions and applications used on iPhone devices currently rely on reporting that includes the UDID unique device identifier. Two new lawsuits against Apple for its use of UDID information may change the way that mobile functions and applications are built, managed and paid for.

The UDID for the iPhone is a 40 character identifier that is set by Apple and stays with the specific defined device forever. Its function is to uniquely identify any one iPhone, allowing the UDID to be connected with the name and behaviors of that iPhone’s user.

The Wall Street Journal may have started the snowball of lawsuits rolling in its ongoing series of articles about how the computer industry tracks people using the internet. The Journal’s investigation examined 101 popular smartphone applications (“Apps”) and found that 56 of them sent the UDID for their smart phones to other companies without the user’s awareness or consent. Five of the Apps transmitted personal details of the user like age and gender.

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Apple customers have no privacy under new policy

June 23, 2010

Unexpected new privacy rules give Apple and its associated “partners and licensees” the legal right to track, monitor, and store the whereabouts of its customers in real time. Users who do not agree to these draconian measures are prohibited from downloading from the iTunes store.

Apple says that its customers’ consent to tracking improves service, although it leaves questions about privacy, security, and safety unanswered. In spite of a pledge to keep data anonymous, Apple customers have no reason to believe they have any privacy or anonymity. Studies at the University of Texas have demonstrated that customers can be identified by their behavior even when their names are not explicitly stated. Even worse, Apple customers are not told why they are being tracked or who is tracking them.

In an apparent response to concern over the new data collection measures, Apple has created a page for turning off application access to location information. This presumably keeps user data away from unnamed Apple partners and licensees, but does not prevent Apple from continuing to track the every move of its users.

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