Apple is being sued for tracking users’ activities even when the setting is off
Apple has concentrated on users’ privacy in recent years. The iPhone maker has been at loggerheads over the matter with other major tech firms, notably Meta. Meta owns Facebook. Platforms like Facebook have lost billions of dollars in revenue due to Apple’s efforts to preserve customer data.
However, it appears that Apple has been collecting user data independently, even though users had precisely adjusted their settings to prevent the company from doing so. As a result, apple is currently being sued.
The recent changes that Apple has made to App Store ads should increase many #privacy concerns. It looks like #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 and personalized ads are off)#Cybersecurity pic.twitter.com/1pYqdagi4e
— Mysk 🇨🇦🇩🇪 (@mysk_co) 3 November 2022
Tommy Mysk and Talal Haj Bakry, the two app developers and security experts from the software company Mysk, have discovered that iOS sends “every press you make” to Apple from inside one of the company’s own apps. The developers claim that attempts to prevent the collection of this data, such as using the settings to “completely block sharing of Device Analytics,” did not affect the data transfer.
In addition, the data collected is extensive. For example, the App Store app on an iPhone will send a user’s search information, what they clicked on. Additionally, how long they spent looking at an app in real time to Apple, as noted by Gizmodo.
Stocks, articles and everything that was looked up was sent to Apple
The user’s watched stocks, any articles they read in the app, and the names of any stocks they’ve looked up will all be sent to Apple. Also transmitted are the timestamps of when a user reads stock information. Even more specific information about the user’s iPhone, including model, screen resolution and keyboard language, is collected by a few Apple apps.
Mysk performed the test with an iPhone running iOS 14.6 that had been jailbroken. With an iPhone running iOS 16 that wasn’t hacked, the team found identical iPhone behavior. However, due to encryption, Mysk could not accurately identify the data sent on the device running the latest operating system.
Apple’s conduct allegedly violated the California Invasion of Privacy Act, according to a class action lawsuit filed Thursday. However, the fact that Apple collects this data is not a significant focus of the case. Instead, the lawsuit focuses on Apple settings that give consumers the impression they can turn off such tracking. Including “Allow apps to request tracking” and “Share analytics”.
The fact that Apple, or any digital business, collects user data shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Although users can turn off data collection in their settings, as the team at Mysk found. Apple still collects this information, possibly giving consumers a false sense of privacy.