iPhone will spy on users even if they have banned

iPhone will spy on users even if they have banned it

App developers and cybersecurity experts Tommy Mysk and Talal Haj Bakry said the App Store, Apple Music, Apple TV, Books and Stocks that come preinstalled on the iPhone collect data about users even if they have banned monitoring behind them iPhone Privacy Policy.

    Image source: apple.com

Image source: apple.com

The Apple App Store client collects real-time data on user actions: button and link clicks, search history, ad views, time spent on the application page and how the user got to that application. Detailed information about the user and his device is also sent to Apple resources: identifier, phone type, screen resolution, interface language and method of connection to the Internet. If you turn off all options available in settings – targeted advertising, personalized recommendations, sharing analytics data – the application will continue to collect and send the same set of data.

The Stocks application also collects detailed information: a list of stocks whose prices are monitored by the user; Promotions opened by the user via search; as well as links to news materials opened by the user in the application – all this is sent to the address “https://stocks-analytics-events.apple.com/analyticseventsv2/async”, and it goes out in a separate stream from the Connection to iCloud established to sync data between devices. At the same time, the analytics platform uses an identifier that is not associated with data from other applications and collects less information about the device. Interestingly, the Health and Wallet apps don’t collect any analytics at all – again, regardless of the privacy settings on the device.

The experts managed to decrypt the records sent for analysis using a jailbroken iPhone running iOS 14.6. Using the current phone model running iOS 16, the study authors confirmed their findings: Apple applications continued to send similar data streams to the same addresses under similar conditions. It was no longer possible to decipher this information, but the experts came to the conclusion that a newer version of the device performs the same actions.

Mr. Mysk is sure that Apple’s actions go beyond the standard industry guideline: the same Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge browsers will stop sending analytical data if the user sets a ban in the settings.


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Robbie Elmers

Robbie Elmers is a staff writer for Tech News Space, covering software, applications and services.

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