Moscow, may 30 — “News. Economy” the Journalists of The Washington Post discovered that many iOS apps in the background, send confidential user data to third parties.
The advertising banner company Appleразместила the slogan “What happens in the iPhone remains the iPhone.” It turns out that it is not so. Washington Post reporters together with experts of the company immediately conducted an investigation and found that the iPhone is constantly leaking the data about its owner, and it especially happens when the device is not in use.
With the help of software Disconnect Privacy Pro was able to detect that the third-party applications transmit to third parties the phone numbers, email address, geolocation and IP addresses of users. Data collection applications use special trackers. During the week of observations since the smartphone was sent personal data to a minimum of 5,000 companies and services.
Here is a list of apps that transmit data: Microsoft OneDrive, Mint, Nike, Doordash, Spotify, Yelp, The Weather Channel, Citizen and, oddly enough, The Washington Post.
In this situation it is necessary to understand that sending and processing any user data required for the operation of services that use geolocation or protected identification. Therefore, by installing the app to call a taxi, order food or banking software should be ready for what will have to share some of their data. But the transfer of data to partners and other third parties raises concerns.
Apple itself in this situation as if the net is not cupertinos collect and send data to partners and apps that users install. However, there is reason to believe that Apple know what information is available to apps and the company would oblige the owner of the services to report on how they treat the data after collection.
However, Apple itself recently faced accusations of selling personal data of users of iTunes. Customers say that anyone can buy a list of iTunes users, which meets a specific set of requirements — up to sex, age, and musical preferences.
Three users iTines from Rhode island and Michigan appealed to the Federal court in San Francisco on behalf of hundreds of thousands of U.S. residents whose data was allegedly disclosed without their consent.
The lawsuit alleges that Apple’s disclosure of customers ‘ personal data to iTunes illegal and dangerous, as it will point affect the most vulnerable Americans. In a statement, the plaintiffs cite as an example that any person or company can rent a list with “the names and addresses of unmarried women with higher education, over 70 years of age with a family income of more than $80 thousand who have purchased the music from Apple via the mobile app in the iTunes Store”.
The plaintiffs add that the price tag for these thousands of users with the appropriate criteria available for sale for about $136. This means that the company or anyone with malicious intent can pay only 13 cents for the client.
The plaintiffs intend to receive compensation of $250 for every iTunes user out of Rhode island whose data has been disclosed, as well as $5 thousand for each victim a resident of Michigan in accordance with applicable state law on confidentiality.
Interestingly, Apple CEO Tim cook publicly declares periodically about the need to protect users and their data from abuse by companies that are often involved in the seizure of confidential information and transmit them to third parties.
As previously reported, “Lead. Economy”, Tim cook urged the U.S. government to adopt privacy policies in the Internet. Cook said that the European GDPR (“General data protection regulation”), the purpose of which is to provide consumers with more control over their data is a good sample for the first step.
CEO of Apple said that, speaking of regulation, he meant control by the government. This does not mean the ban of certain technologies. The purpose of regulation in understanding Tim cook is the protection of ordinary citizens who find themselves at a disadvantage before corporations, because they can not do anything to stop them.
In light of high-profile data breaches and foreign influence on political elections through social networks cook believes that the technology industry has no other responsible choice but to accept more stringent state control.
Previously, cook has advocated the need for regulation in the field of information technology. Apple CEO criticized the technology companies of Silicon valley and the abuse of personal data of users during a speech at the international conference on data protection in Brussels
According to cook, the personal data of users used as a weapon against them. “Every day billions of dollars pass from hand to hand, and a countless number of decisions are made based on our likes and dislikes, the data about our friends and families, our relationships and conversations, cook said. These pieces of data, each of which is fairly harmless by itself, carefully collected, synthesized, they trade them, sell them”.
The head of Apple said that personal information is used for advertising sales, however, did not mention tech giants Facebook and Google, which are often accused of using users ‘ data for money.
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