Google Adds App Privacy Labels to Gmail

· Andrew Orr · News

Gmail privacy label

This week Google has finally made progress in adding App Store privacy labels to its apps. Gmail is the second app to get a label.

New Facebook Message Warns You of iOS 14 Ad Opt-In

· Andrew Orr · Link

Person using Facebook on iPhone.

In response to an iOS 14 feature that makes developers ask user consent to use their data, Facebook wants to remind people just how beleaguered it really is.

In the post, Facebook says that if users accept the prompts for Facebook and Instagram, the ads you see on those apps won’t change. “If you decline, you will still see ads, but they will be less relevant to you.” The tech giant notes that Apple has said that providing education about its new privacy changes is allowed.

To me, the most offensive part about this isn’t Facebook pretending to care about “businesses other than itself that rely on ads to reach products customers.” It’s how it says “This won’t give us access to new types of information.”

App Tracking Transparency Is Already Here

· Jeff Butts · Product News

App Tracking Transparency - Teaser

While developers aren’t yet required to follow the new privacy feature, App Tracking Transparency is already here. As Jeff Butts has found, there are some app developers who are even using it before they have to.

How Apple Improved iMessage Security in iOS 14

· Andrew Orr · Link

Woman using iMessage on iPhone X

Project Zero, Google’s security team, reverse-engineered iMessage to see how Apple improved it in its latest OS 14 releases. Specially, how it has gained new protections against zero-day attacks using BlastDoor, resliding of the shared cache, and exponential throttling.

One of the major changes in iOS 14 is the introduction of a new, tightly sandboxed “BlastDoor” service which is now responsible for almost all parsing of untrusted data in iMessages (for example, NSKeyedArchiver payloads). Furthermore, this service is written in Swift, a (mostly) memory safe language which makes it significantly harder to introduce classic memory corruption vulnerabilities into the code base.

Updates Ahoy! – TMO Daily Observations 2021-01-27

· Kelly Guimont · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Charlotte Henry and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss why the latest iOS update is very important to install, and a look ahead at earnings.