Episode 73

More Apple News and Shady Apps are Shady


June 11th, 2021

37 mins 19 secs

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Katherine Druckman, Doc Searls, and Shawn Powers discuss Apple's new privacy features, the Anom app, and the problems with cloud storage.

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  • Apple unveils new privacy features, digital IDs and changes to FaceTime. - The New York Times — Apple once again took aim at the vast digital-advertising industry on Monday and unveiled a number of changes to protect iPhones users’ privacy and strengthen its position as a gatekeeper between consumers and the rest of the digital industry.
  • The FBI operated an 'encrypted' chat app for organized criminals | Engadget — The FBI covertly ran an encrypted communications platform for years that allowed it to intercept 20 million messages from international criminal organizations. Hundreds of arrests have been made across 18 countries as part of the investigation known as Operation Trojan Shield. Suspects, including members of the Italian Mafia and outlaw motorcycle gangs, are among those that have been charged. Australian Police, who helped conceive the sting, have arrested 224 offenders and seized 3.7 tonnes of drugs and $44.9 million in cash and assets.
  • Everything you can’t do on an iPhone - The Washington Post — I’ve used an iPhone for the past 12 years, and like most of you I am not looking to change. But we’ve become so accustomed to restrictions Apple built into the iPhone, we don’t even realize how we’re contorting ourselves to comply — or what we’re missing out on. One sign we’re being manipulated by a monopoly is when it’s hard to even consider an alternative. Apple says it’s protecting our security and privacy, but it has become clear that locking down our iPhones is also about controlling us so Apple can make more money.
  • iOS 15, iCloud Updates: All the Big Privacy News From WWDC '21 — It wouldn’t be an Apple event without a nod to the company’s pro-privacy stance. As part of its annual Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) keynote this year, the company announced some major privacy upgrades that will come with iOS 15 and iCloud—here are some of the biggest.

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