Researchers Say iPhone Usage Data Isn't As Anonymous As Apple Claims

Researchers Say iPhone Usage Data Isn’t As Anonymous As Apple Claims

Code sleuths at Mysk challenge those at Apple the much-vaunted emphasis on privacy. The developers claim that Apple’s anonymous usage data for some internal apps includes a Directory Services Identifier (DSID) uniquely linked to your Apple ID and iCloud data. Apple could potentially use this DSID to identify your App Store browsing habits, according to Mysk. This apparently contradicts Apple’s assertion that “none” of the data personally identifies and appears to extend to iOS16.

The researchers before share findings that iOS 14.6 sends large volumes of first-party app activity to Apple, even if you disable device scanning altogether or otherwise limit collection. This includes your iPhone model, keyboard languages, and other details that could theoretically be used to identify your device. Gizmodo note that users have filed a class action against Apple after Mysk released his privacy data.

We’ve requested a comment from Apple, and we’ll let you know if we respond. Mysk pointed out that Apple’s tool for prevent third-party app tracking debuted in iOS 14.5, so it shouldn’t affect other software you use on your devices.

It’s unclear what Apple sees. As Gizmodo Explain, Apple encrypts usage data and does not necessarily process personal and general information together. The problem, as you might guess, is that Apple doesn’t detail its analytics collection practices. There are concerns that Apple is not honoring its privacy promises, even if data collection is limited.

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