Apple has centered its focus on users’ privacy for the past couple of years which has even cost big tech giants such as Facebook and Google. However, a recent study revealed that Apple tracks everything its users do inside Apple’s own apps even when the user had explicitly configured their iPhone privacy settings to turn to track off. In this regard, Elliot Libman has sued Apple on behalf of himself and other affected consumers, alleging that Apple’s privacy policies are in violation of the California Invasion of Privacy Act.
The recent changes that Apple has made to App Store ads should raise many #privacy concerns. It seems that the #AppStore app on iOS 14.6 sends every tap you make in the app to Apple.?This data is sent in one request: (data usage & personalized ads are off)#CyberSecurity pic.twitter.com/1pYqdagi4e
— Mysk ???? (@mysk_co) November 3, 2022
Apple has Allegedly Compromised Users’ Privacy
App developers and security researchers Tommy Mysk and Talal Haj Bakry from the software company Mysk have found that Apple sends a lot of information with ‘every tap you make from the company’s own app – including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple TV, Books, and Stocks – even if the users have disabled the tracking feature, hence giving them a false or pretend feature related to users’ privacy.
The complaint states that there is no justification for Apple’s secret, misleading, and unauthorized recording and collection of consumers’ private communications and app activity, hence, the plaintiff is looking to have the lawsuit certified as a class action and is seeking compensatory, statutory, and punitive damages in addition to other equitable monetary relief.
Apple is Watching your Every Move
The researchers found that Apple receives all the data along with the details that can identify the users’ devices, including ID numbers, phone type, screen resolution, keyboard languages, and internet connection. The firm found that the Stocks app shared data including the names and the list of watched stocks, as well as the record of any news articles the users can read in the app. “The level of detail is shocking for a company like Apple,” said Tommy Mysk.