Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 20th Jul 2012 12:23 UTC
Apple "Back in May of this year, Internet security firm Bitdefender launched an app and service designed to help iOS users get a grip on what the apps installed on their mobile devices may be up to. [...] The app tells owners of iOS devices which applications may be accessing more information than they need, and identifies potentially 'misbehaving' apps, giving users an inside look at all the information app developers can gather about a user. [...] Seems legit, right? Apple doesn't think so. Or at least they have an issue with something behind the app that sparked them to pull it from the App Store this week." That seems odd. Why would they do such a thing? "Interestingly, Bitdefender did share some data that they gathered based on Clueful's analysis of more than 65,000 popular iOS apps so far: 42.5 percent of apps do not encrypt users' personal data, even when accessed via public Wi-Fi; 41.4 percent of apps were shown to track a user's location unbeknownst to them; almost one in five of the apps analyzed can access a user's entire Address Book, with some even sending user information to the cloud without notification." Oh, right. Informing users their data is wholly unsafe? Not on Apple's watch!
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RE[4]: simple solution
by Thom_Holwerda on Sat 21st Jul 2012 15:50 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: simple solution"
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

Right. I guess that's why Apple is pimping how it owns 400 million credit card numbers. That's all because it's not pimping out its users. Yessirree.

Stop lying to yourself.

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/11/apples-stash-of-credit-car...

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RE[5]: simple solution
by Tony Swash on Sat 21st Jul 2012 18:41 in reply to "RE[4]: simple solution"
Tony Swash Member since:
2009-08-22

Right. I guess that's why Apple is pimping how it owns 400 million credit card numbers. That's all because it's not pimping out its users. Yessirree.

Stop lying to yourself.

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/11/apples-stash-of-credit-car...


Street slang is embarrassing. Apple talks about how many accounts it has on iTunes in order to demonstrate the size and weight of it's ecosystem. It's not passing on those credit card details to third parties. Your reference to this is irrelevant and flimsy. I repeat - working yourself up in too a state of righteous indignation over privacy in iOS because Apple pulls a single app shows a lack of any sense of proportion. If one wants to get concerned about privacy start with companies whose core business model is based on collecting user data. Is that idea some how controversial?

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