IPhone: after all, the mobile is not as safe as Apple says

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IPhone: after all, the mobile is not as safe as Apple says

The last week has brought us some worrying reports about the apparent invulnerability of Apple iPhone to prying eyes and user tracking systems. Now, we have more information pointing in the same direction, which once again leads us to wonder how private our iPhone is after all.

At issue is the investigation of security experts Tommy Mysk and Talal Haj Bakry, who continue to add new chapters to their iPhone privacy saga. Focusing its investigations on data that can identify a specific user and how this information is safeguarded, or not, by Apple software and hardware.

Apple iPhone privacy is strong but not perfect

Apple iPhone Privacy

The study by a duo of security researchers focused primarily on the parameter “dsid“, the service identifiers, with data that can also reach the user. By the way, this acronym stands for Directory Services Identifier, or “dsid”.

As we already announced in 4gnews on a previous occasion, the previous conclusions already pointed to some lapses and loopholes in the inviolability of privacy on the iPhone. Now, as the researchers delve deeper into the question, their findings lift the veil on iPhone privacy even further.

The worst of all? The researchers found that by generating a specific dsId for each iCloud account, it was possible to link to each specific user.

That is, Apple’s iPhone may, after all, reveal data such as the Name🇧🇷 Date of Birth, E-mailand additional information associated with the service icloud🇧🇷

Sensitive data can be traced back to the end user from iCloud

🚨 New Findings: 🧵 1/6 Apple’s analytics data includes an identification called “dsId”. We were able to verify that “dsId” is the “Directory Services Identifier,” an ID that uniquely identifies an iCloud account. That is, Apple’s analytics can personally identify you 👇 pic.twitter.com/3DSUFwX3nV

— Mysk 🇨🇦🇩🇪 (@mysk_co) November 21, 2022

The conclusions of the study are already divided into more than 5 publications that you can consult, in full, through the aforementioned Twitter thread. Given the nature of the data that can be collected about the user, the topic drew a lot of attention from average🇧🇷

On the other hand, in page Apple’s official dedicated to statistics and information privacy, as well as its legal framework, the Cupertino giant states that no information collected from the device for statistical purposes can be sent to the end user.

Apple stands firm in defending user privacy

To find out which apps may be tracking your activities on your iPhone, go to Settings-Privacy and Security > Tracking. This will show all the apps that are tracking you. If you don’t need them, you can turn them off.

— LinkinForLife (@ForLinkin) November 25, 2022

More specifically, Apple claims that all metrics collected for study and statistical purposes will never be revealed to the end user. However, the study in question, previously posted on Twitter, questions these claims.

More specifically, Apple states that metrics collected for statistical and service improvement purposes may include details about hardware and operating system. In addition, they also collect performance statistics and information about how the devices use the applications. Finally, Apple reiterates that no information collected can personally identify the user.

Apple has historically taken a strong position in defense of user privacy. However, the study in question sheds light on the need for the Cupertino giant to strengthen the guarantees of protection it gives its users.

While the company may not effectively collect and analyze certain metrics that can identify the user, the study shows that this is possible.

In short, it is something that, in our humble opinion, is fundamental enough to reinforce the privacy policies that apply to Apple iPhones and the rest of Cupertino devices.

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