Data Access

Study Reveals Popular Apps Sharing Information About Your Sexuality

A new study conducted by an advocacy group called the Norwegian Consumer Council has revealed that popular apps including Grindr, OkCupid, Tinder, as well as period-tracking apps Clue and MyDays, are all sharing intimate data about their users with dozens of advertising companies (via Consumer Reports). The researchers examined 10 apps and found that they were feeding...

U.S. Supreme Court Imposes Limits on Cellphone Data Access by the Police

Conservative U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts has ruled in favour of Timothy Carpenter, who was convicted in several armed robberies at Radio Shack and T-Mobile stores in Ohio and Michigan with the help of past cellphone location data, saying that the police is required to obtain a court-approved warrant to get access to the data, Reuters is...

Apple and Other Tech Giants Resisting Govt. Demands for Data Access

A U.S. court order issued in a crime investigation case earlier this summer demanded that Apple should turn over, in real time, text messages between suspects using iPhones. However, Apple had responded that its iMessage system is encrypted to protect their customers’ information, which is why the company was unable to comply. Similarly, other tech companies, including Google,...

Apple CarPlay Partners Deny Full Access to Vehicle Data

According to a new report by Reuters, a number of leading automakers who have partnered with Apple for its CarPlay infotainment system, are limiting access to data from their vehicle's functional systems, such as steering, brakes and throttle etc. The source claims that some auto companies have specifically said they will not provide Apple with data from the vehicle's...