Differential privacy? No, Apple, it’s all about private sharing

We think private sharing is this year's differential privacy - and we'll tell you why Apple has hit the headlines again with news that it may not be using its vaunted differential privacy tool - which mines user data while protecting that person's identity - quite as it said it would. Differential privacy was last … Continue reading Differential privacy? No, Apple, it’s all about private sharing

Apple’s data debate call after ‘dangerous’ request ‘to hack own users’

Tim Cook has written a public letter criticising the US government for threatening "the security of our customers" while explaining why he is refusing to comply with a federal court order to help the FBI unlock an iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters. In the letter, posted on the company's website and headlined … Continue reading Apple’s data debate call after ‘dangerous’ request ‘to hack own users’

Apple removes hundreds of apps that collected personal data

Apple has removed hundreds of apps from its online store that were using Chinese advertising software that collects personal data in violation of its privacy policies. The iPhone maker made the announcement a day after researchers discovered 256 apps using the software, which extracts "personally identifiable user information." and which have had more than a … Continue reading Apple removes hundreds of apps that collected personal data

Why ad-blockers really aren’t the data privacy win you might think

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Ad-blockers shot straight to the top of the paid-for apps list in the App Store when Apple's iOS9 update that allowed users to block mobile advertising was released. So far, so not unusual – ads are pesky little things, right? Popping-up unexpectedly when you least expect them and generally bloating pages, crucifying page load times … Continue reading Why ad-blockers really aren’t the data privacy win you might think

How Tim Cook and the NY Times Opened Up the Privacy Debate

This week really has been an interesting one with two big stories hitting the news both relating to personal data and privacy.  The first was this story "Tim Cook blasts Silicon Valley companies for 'gobbling up' your personal data" and that was followed up with this article today in the New York Times "Mark Zuckerberg, … Continue reading How Tim Cook and the NY Times Opened Up the Privacy Debate