@thenewoil “Our investigation found the iPhone’s tracking protections are nowhere nearly as comprehensive as Apple’s advertising might suggest. We found at least three popular iPhone games share a substantial amount of identifying information with ad companies, even after being asked not to track.”


Did something happen to apple in the last couple of years? I have never been a huge apple fan and thus haven't kept a super close eye on their security/privacy measures but my impression was always that as much as I didn't like apple, you had to respect them for protecting users privacy.

Like they had that high profile fight with the FBI not to crack an iphone not too long ago and they just recently announced they were going to monitor apple users photos?


@aral @thenewoil

It just feels like a u-turn from the old apple (tho again maybe it just looks this way from my limited knowledge?).

Was there a change in CEO or something that prompted this shift or?


Yah so basically the equation goes

Cancerous growth of US surveillance state + "this is the only way to stop child porn" + The cost of doing business in China = abandonment of privacy protections by Apple

Though one can't really blame China in the specific, this really seems like a broader movement towards a loss of individual freedoms caused by the increased power bestowed by technology to the already powerful.


@aral @thenewoil

I have gone back and forth between using windows and linux, but I think the quiet but extremely obvious shift of microsoft from selling operating systems to selling and monitoring users is definitely going to permanently push me into using just linux pretty soon.

I wonder if there will be an increased adoption of linux because of these things. I mean, it can still be a pain in the ass to use linux but at least I can remotely imagine normal people using it now..


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