Apple and Tim Cook have taken on the role of privacy champions in the tech world, but according to research, while Apple claims it only uses analytics data to maintain user anonymity, that’s not actually the case.
This is diagnostic and analytical data that helps Apple improve its services and products, and it contains information about how the device is used, its performance, and more. It is reported that the same researchers in recent days have discovered that the iPhone also sends this data to Apple servers, even if the user refuses his consent during the configuration of the new iPhone.
Now the situation seems to be getting worse. Taking to Twitter, security researchers Tommy Musk and Talal Haj Bakri discovered that Apple device analytics data includes an identifier called “dsId,” which stands for Directory Services Identifier. The analysis found that the dsId is unique to each iCloud account and can be directly associated with a specific user, including name, date of birth, email, and associated information stored in iCloud.
On the Apple Device Privacy and Analytics legal page, the company states that no information collected from a device for analytics purposes can be traced back to a specific user:
iPhone Analytics may include details about hardware and operating system specifications, performance statistics, and data about how you use your devices and apps. None of the information collected personally identifies you
In a potential differentiator, Apple says that if a user consents to analytics information being sent from multiple devices signed into the same iCloud account, the company can “associate certain usage data on Apple apps across those devices by syncing using end-to-end encryption.” Even in doing so, however, the Cupertino multinational makes it clear that the user is still unknown, not even to Apple.
Historically, Apple has taken a very strong stance on user privacy, even taking a leading role in the industry, arguing time and again that it believes privacy is a “fundamental human right.” Apple’s privacy claims have come under increasing scrutiny in recent months, with the company now facing a class action lawsuit over allegations of tracking users without their consent.
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