Actually, Apple regularly boasts that it is a real pioneer when it comes to data protection. However, a new accusation massively invalidates this self-assessment. It is not about a data leak that criminals could exploit. Instead, the Californian tech company itself is said to have knowingly made false statements about the privacy of an iPhone.
Did Apple lie about privacy?
Those who use an iPhone quite often do so because of the privacy Apple promises. Unlike Google, which regularly complains about privacy violations, everything seems to be on track with the iPhone’s creators. For example, Google currently has to pay a penalty of $391.5 million in the US for collecting location data without permission. Something very similar could now blossom for Apple. Apparently, the tech company lied to its customers about the data security of their iPhones. Although customers were promised that the iPhone would act completely anonymously, it probably sends sensitive data such as full name and date of birth.
The problem was brought to light by two security experts Tommy Mysk and Talal Haj Bakry. And these are old acquaintances at Apple. After all, the two renowned researchers in the field of data security have already uncovered other grievances at the company in the past. For example, Apple is said to have lied about its data collection. The Californian tech company collected data even when there was an explicit denial of data collection on the part of the user.
Dangerous data transparency in the iPhone
In the area of openly accessible data, one must always distinguish between succinct and sensitive data. Even the combination of date of birth and name, for example, can have serious consequences. Especially in the field of identity theft, serious crimes happen here every day. It is precisely this data that the iPhone probably transmits when something is sent from the device. So in a way, this is a kind of identification that lets you recognize the sender. This is done by a Directory Services Identifier (DSID). If these accusations are actually confirmed, this could have serious consequences for Apple. Not only is a high fine in the offing. On top of that, privacy has been a main argument for buyers of iPhones up to now. The company would then have clearly damaged this reputation itself.