Apple values privacy, but not always. Companies are being sued for tracking people’s data, even though they’ve turned it off in their settings.
Apple appears to be collecting data from users, even if they have explicitly turned it off in their settings. This is shocking, because as a user you really have to put in some effort to turn it off. Security experts Tommy Misk and Talal Hodge Bekri are suing Apple for this. They point out that every tap you make on your phone is sent directly to Apple. These are Apple’s own apps.
The developers tried their best to make sure the data didn’t get to Apple, but they said it wasn’t possible. Even if they turn off the device data sharing feature, the data still escapes the phone and goes to Apple’s servers. Plus, it’s not just about tapping your screen: even looking at App Store apps on your phone is fully tracked by Apple. What you’re looking for, how long you’ve been looking at an app, what you’ve tapped: everything is sent to Apple in real time.
Apple knows everything
It goes a long way: very far. The iPhone maker even knows which stocks you’re looking at in the Stocks app, which articles you’re reading, or which stock names you’ve searched for. Now this is usually pretty far-fetched, but especially if you think you turned it off by changing it in settings. Mysk couldn’t see exactly what data was being sent from the device with Apple’s latest update, but could see such activity on its jailbroken iPhone on iOS 14.6: the same for non-jailbroken iPhones on iOS 16.
At the same time, Apple also receives a lot of criticism for trying to protect users’ data by asking how they want to track users: because of that, Facebook has already lost 10 billion euros. It’s kind of unclear, but Apple could definitely be in trouble with the lawsuit filed by MySq. The complaint is that Apple does not comply with the California Invasion of Privacy Act. Not that Apple collects data, but mainly that they give people the false impression that they have a certain level of privacy. After all, it turns out to be a fraud.