"Informing You Without Watching you."  @digitalprivacy, Fri 09/23:
Apple says it prioritizes privacy. Experts say gaps remain

For years, Apple has carefully curated a reputation as a privacy stalwart among data-hungry and growth-seeking tech companies. Of those 7,122 requests, the iPhone maker challenged or rejected 261 requests. The company’s positive response rate is largely in line with, and at times slightly higher than that of counterparts like Facebook and Google. That’s more than six times the number of law enforcement requests Apple received in a comparable time frame. That’s because the amount of data Apple collects on its users pales in comparison with other players in the space, said Jennifer Golbeck, a computer science professor at the University of Maryland. Apple’s drafted detailed guidelines outlining exactly what data authorities can obtain and how it can get it – a level of detail, the company says, which is in keeping with best practices. “iCloud content, as it exists in the customer’s account” can be handed over to law enforcement in response to a search warrant, Apple’s law enforcement guidelines read. When we say they’re better than everyone else, it’s more an indictment of what everyone else is doing Erica Portnoy, Electronic Frontier Foundation

“[Apple’s] hardware is the most secure on the market,” echoed Albert Fox Cahn, the founder of the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project, a privacy rights organization. “Our products include innovative privacy technologies and techniques designed to minimize how much of your data we – or anyone else – can access,” said an Apple spokesperson, Trevor Kincaid, adding that the company is proud of new privacy features such as app tracking transparency and mail privacy protection, which gives users more control over what information is shared with third parties. For instance, the company encrypts all health data and does not collect device location data. But, she pointed out, messages are only secure if they’re being sent between iPhones. He also said that Apple is concerned RCS isn’t a modern standard or encrypted by default.

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