16 Web APIs Apple Avoided Over Privacy Concerns

· Andrew Orr · Link

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ZDnet has a list of 16 Web APIs that Apple declined to add to Safari over concerns they could be used to track users.

The vast majority of these APIs are only implemented in Chromium-based browsers, and very few on Mozilla’s platform.

Apple claims that the 16 Web APIs above would allow online advertisers and data analytics firms to create scripts that fingerprint users and their devices.

Safari 14 Adds Face ID, Touch ID to FIDO Logins

· Andrew Orr · Product News

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A feature coming to Safari 14 later this year involves logging into websites with Face ID and Touch ID through the Web Authentication API.

‘Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act’ is Latest Encryption Attack

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Senators Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee) introduced the Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act yesterday. It seeks to bring back the Crypto Wars of the 1990s by crippling encryption with the introduction of backdoors.

Yet increasingly, technology providers are deliberately designing their products and services so that only the user, and not law enforcement, has access to content – even when criminal activity is clearly taking place.  This type of “warrant-proof” encryption adds little to the security of the communications of the ordinary user, but it is a serious benefit for those who use the internet for illicit purposes.

”Adds little to the security of the communications of the ordinary user.” That’s the level of contempt these people have for the rest of us.

Craig Federighi Reveals iOS 14 Clipboard Will Be Locked Down

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Michael Grothaus interviewed Craig Federighi where he talks about iOS 14 privacy features. One feature is restricted access to the system clipboard/pasteboard. Apps will no longer have full access, which was a problem in the past.

Though there isn’t a lot of evidence apps have done this on a wide scale, apps will now require your approval to access the pasteboard for the first time. If a messaging app requests approval, it’s probably legit–but look out if, say, a free gaming app wants to get at your pasteboard.

As regular readers can guess, I’m excited for the new privacy features in iOS 14 and macOS Big Sur.

U.S. Lawmakers Ask Zoom About its Ties to China

· Andrew Orr · News

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Three lawmakers in the U.S. have asked Zoom to clarify its relationship with China after the company suspended user accounts at its request.

Transfer ‘Signal’ Data With its New Update

· Andrew Orr · News

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With a new update rolling out it’s now easier to transfer Signal data between devices. It uses a local connection encrypted end-to-end.

UK Government Releases NHS COVID Contracts With Private Companies

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Faced with pressure, the UK government has released its contracts with Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Faculty, Palantir, and others.

The contracts show that companies involved in the NHS datastore project, including Faculty and Palantir, were originally granted intellectual property rights (including the creation of databases), and were allowed to train their models and profit off their unprecedented access to NHS data.

The REAL reason why they wanted to avoid Apple and Google’s privacy solution.

‘CamTag’ is a set of Reusable Privacy Camera Stickers

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

CamTag is a set of reusable privacy camera stickers for your devices. These stickers are a way to make sure that you aren’t being spied upon by malicious third parties. These stickers are glue-free so you can reuse them on your iPhone, iPad, and Macs. They come in different designs and you can customize it with your own design or branding. It’s a Kickstarter campaign and it’s been fully funded. Estimated delivery is October 2020. Pledge US$9 or more to get the first reward tier, which gives you 25 privacy stickers in 5 sizes.

‘CamTag’ is a set of Reusable Privacy Camera Stickers