Several publications have reported allegations against Apple of collecting personal data of users without their knowledge. After some time, Apple is now being sued for alleged privacy violations.
Even though recently another technology company, Meta, has just been reported regarding allegations of privacy violations against iPhone users. This class action lawsuit on Meta claims a violation of federal and state laws by collecting user data without user consent.
Reporting from Appleinsider (16/11), the class action lawsuit against Apple alleges that research published in November revealed that Apple recorded, tracked, collected, and monetized analytical data including browsing history and user activity information, regardless of the regulations they had. created to “protect its users”.
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
In these findings it is said that Apple continues to collect user data even though the user has disabled the option to disable data collection in iOS settings.
As is well known, several technology companies often store and use their users' personal data, but this must be in accordance with the user's consent and have clear regulations as well.
This finding suggests that the data collected is also quite detailed, not only data on what device the user is using, but this alleged violation includes various points on Apple's services.
On the other hand, app developers and security researchers Tommy Mysk and Talal Haj Bakry of software company Mysk explained to Gizmodo that Users viewing the App Store app on their iPhone will get their search data, what they tapped on, and how long they checked the app. all of which are sent to Apple in real-time.
Additionally, Mysk said that within Apple's stock app, the US company will get a list of stocks users have viewed, articles read on the app, and names of stocks searched for. Timestamps are also sent when users view stock data, and some Apple apps even collect detailed information about a user's iPhone, such as model, screen resolution, and keyboard language.
Mysk used an iPhone with iOS 14.6 version that had been jailbroken to research this finding, apart from that there was similar activity on an iPhone that was not jailbroken and was running iOS 16. However Mysk could not know what data was there because the data was found on a non-jailbroken iPhone with the latest OS it is encrypted.
As additional information, Bloomberg stated that a class action lawsuit was filed alleging that Apple's actions violated California privacy laws. The lawsuit focuses less on Apple's collection of personal data.
The lawsuit cites Apple settings, such as “Allow apps to request tracking” and “Share analytics,” which give users the option that they can choose not to share their data.