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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Correction
by Tony Swash on Wed 27th Feb 2013 01:05 UTC
Tony Swash
Member since:
2009-08-22

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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RE: Correction
by JAlexoid on Wed 27th Feb 2013 03:25 in reply to "Correction"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

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


Pray tell, who does?

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RE[2]: Correction
by steve_s on Wed 27th Feb 2013 08:18 in reply to "RE: Correction"
steve_s Member since:
2006-01-16

Google does.

Their advertising network is very sophisticated. My mother recently saw on a home shopping network on TV a bit about a particular brand of pans, and asked me to go to the web page for it. Ever since then a very high proportion of adverts I've seen on the web have been for those specific pans. I have two windows open on OSNews right now, and both are showing adverts for those pans. It feels like for the last week at least 1/3rd of the adverts I've seen have been those ones.

Google clearly and most definitely is selling my screen to third parties.

Google's ad network is linked into Gmail. They target ads there based on the content of emails you have received. It's the same ad network.

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RE: Correction
by novad on Wed 27th Feb 2013 09:04 in reply to "Correction"
novad Member since:
2010-06-10

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


Please... That's bullshit.

They don't sell your data, they use it... Big difference.

Third parties will never have access to this data.

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