Another day, another iOS developer in hot water for playing fast and loose with user data. This time it’s Path, a favorite of the MacLife.com team -- but fear not, the sky isn’t falling, as you’ll discover from reading onward. It’s otherwise been a moderately quiet day on the Apple home front, so we’ve collected a few related tidbits from competitors like Google Android and Research in Motion to keep you entertained for this Tuesday, February 7, 2012.
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It was well publicized that Apple would be testifying in Washington on location tracking and other mobile privacy issues. Well today was the day, and Apple was well represented by vice president Bud Tribble. More interesting though, was that Tribble revealed that in a forthcoming edition of iOS, the downsized local cache within iOS will become encrypted.
Holy White iPhone! And it's tracking your every move, even when you go back to the kitchen and sneak a couple extra bites of cake and drink milk from the jug -- and that's just some of what Apple revealed this week in the form of dance off press releases. Wait, what? The real news is below the fold, just in case you were pinned under a couch this week and might have missed some of this.
Our privacy is increasingly at risk on the internet, but this week it turns out we may have yet another location to worry about: Our very pockets. As it turns out, 3G-equipped iPhones and iPads have been tracking our movements for almost a year -- but here’s how you can make the best of the situation.
Most of us who use a computer on a regular basis have had the unsettling experience of seeing online ads that fit our shopping and browsing habits follow us around the internet. By closely tracking our site visits, online purchases and web searches, search engines providers and advertisers are able to build up a made-to-fit portfolio of what might be appealing, and then inundate us with the propaganda for those findings no matter where we roam online. This might be unsettling for some.
Fortunately, it's easier than you might think to pull the blinds down on these digital peeping toms. Let Mac|Life show you how to turn your browser's privacy options up to eleven.
In an effort to protect iOS users from fraudulent activity, Apple has updated the platform's Terms of Service and will now force gamers to reveal their real identities when sending out a friends request to another player. So, let us get this straight: Firefly was canceled, Uwe Boll is still making movies and now Apple will no longer let us hide behind gamer tags as we destroy all comers during a fierce game of Cro-Mag Rally?
Facebook shares a lot of information about you. Of course, you had to put the information up there to begin with, but with them always changing privacy policies and adding new "features," it's a good idea to keep on top of your shared information.
Maybe you're not aware of this, but there's a good chance you're friends can see your phone number on Facebook. We'll show you how to hide this vital information.
You might not think much about the small applications you might download for your iOS devices that ask to "phone home" (i.e. send information from your device to some known or unknown source). But, new research done at Bucknell University by Eric Smith shows that sometimes applications would transmit data over the network in plain text, allowing network eavesdroppers to potentially steal critical information.
Everything has a price--at least for Android users. According to a joint study conducted by Duke University, Penn State University and Intel Labs, a number of purportedly free application designed for the OS are in reality forcing users to unknowingly pay through the nose. The Android users weren't sending the developers any money, but rather, an alarming amount of personal information such as precise GPS locations and phone numbers.