Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Feb 2013 21:31 UTC
Apple Well paint me red and call me a girl scout. "In its latest push to get porn off your computer, Apple now deletes all iCloud emails that contain the phrase 'barely legal teens'. It doesn't send the messages to spam, or flag them, it just straight up deletes them, and there's nothing you can do about it." So, at least we can finally put that silly myth to rest that Apple respects users' privacy. They scan your emails, including attachments, just like everyone else.
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by Tony Swash on Wed 27th Feb 2013 01:05 UTC
Tony Swash
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So, at least we can finally put that silly myth to rest that Apple respects users' privacy. They scan your emails, including attachments, just like everyone else.


What they don't do is scan your email and then sell the collected data to third parties for the purpose of targeting advertising.

I know we have differed on this issue before but in my opinion a company whose sole revenue earning business is the collection of data about the users of it's services so that it can sell advertising has a business dynamic that drives it to try collect as much user data as it can. That dynamic, the drive to collect as much user data as possible, is not present or nearly as strong in companies whose revenues earning business is not based on the collection of user data.

I would have thought that this was pretty obvious and fairly non-contentious.

Privacy issues are about business dynamics, not ethics or juvenile concepts like 'good' and 'evil'. If your business is mining for copper you will seek to mine ever more copper from the best seams. If your business is mining for data you will seek to mine ever more data from the best seams.

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