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Apple found tracking personal information even when it says it’s not

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Two iOS security researchers have found that Apple Inc.’s claim to protect iPhone users’ privacy from tracking isn’t the whole story.

Details late Sunday by researchers Tommy Mysk and Tala Haj Bakry on Twitter, Apple uses a marker called a “Direct Services Identifier” to track users. When you set up your iPhone, Apple asks if you’d like to share analytics data with the company to help “develop products and services.”

Consent users are assigned a DSID from Apple, which claims that “none of the information collected personally identifies you.” However, he has one problem. That description is not accurate.

Researchers have found that the DSID assigned to a user’s iCloud account contains personally identifiable information such as name, email, and iCloud account data. To prove their theory, they demonstrated that his Apple used his DSID to uniquely identify his DSID account, aligning personal information directly with the number.

The same possibly anonymous DISD is also linked to the Apple App Store. This means detailed behavioral information, the same information that Apple claims is private, is also shared with Apple and can be used to identify an individual.

“Knowing your DSID is like knowing your name. It’s one to one with your identity,” says Mysk. told gizmodo“All of these in-depth analytics link directly to you. There’s no way to turn it off, so that’s a problem.”

This finding comes after an earlier discovery that Apple tracks users even when tracking is turned off. Mysk and Bakry found that turning off analytics tracking and implementing other privacy settings had no appreciable impact on Apple’s data collection. Tracking remained regardless of privacy settings.

It’s ironic that it turns out that Apple tracks users even when they opt out. Apart from its regular marketing messages about privacy, Apple is also fighting Meta Platforms Inc. over some of the same data.

The changes implemented in iOS 14 are severely criticized Meta, then known as Facebook, claimed late last year that its privacy changes were about “profit, not privacy.” Apple appears to exclude itself from the same rules and continues to extract data from users even when they opt out, but third-party apps access similar data when users opt in. The fact that they do not allow

Apple’s legal position will ultimately be tested in court. Previous research by Mysk and Bakry found that Apple tracked users even when they turned tracking off. class action lawsuit.

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