• Martin Kienzle

Only 4% of iOS users accept ad tracking, and other privacy and security news

Privacy


The big privacy news last week was about the requirement that iPhone users have to approve ad tracking in iOS 14.5. Facebook seemed to imply that this could end free content, with an interesting reaction: Facebook threatens to make iOS users pay. Please do it, Mr. Zuckerberg More broadly, users were urged Don’t Buy Into Facebook’s Ad-Tracking Pressure on iOS 14.5 Users are responding: Too Bad, Zuck: Just 4% of U.S. iPhone Users Let Apps Track Them After iOS Update


Trying to track people’s Internet usage, Facebook is not happy about transparency: Facebook bans Signal's attempt to run transparent Instagram ad campaign


Again, large and widely varied data leaks were disclosed


Innovation can have dark sides as well:


At long last, privacy is starting to become a feature for business competition: Following Apple’s launch of privacy labels, Google to add a ‘safety’ section in Google Play Not all initiatives, though, appear to be completely successful: Privacy activist Max Schrems on Microsoft's EU data move: It won't keep the NSA away As we know, there is no escaping governments: Privacy is just for crooks, says enlightened government agency


Security


Last week’s focus on the national risks of ransomware appears to have been a premonition: Cyberattack Forces a Shutdown of a Top U.S. Pipeline Operator The approaches are getting more sophisticated: There's been a big rise in double extortion attacks as gangs try out new tricks A great lesson on how an attack evolved can be learned by reading how Ryuk ransomware finds foothold in bio research institute through student who wouldn’t pay for software


The vulnerabilities disclosed last week show the breadth of the security risks, and illustrate again that no software is safe:


Improving security, Google is turning on two-factor authentication by default.

The great expectations about the benefits of AI show a dark side as well: Hacking is a task AI will excel at (and we are not far from that point!)



Regulation


In what could drive a revolution in the software industry, German state ministers demand consumer protection from software errors. Making software providers liable for their wares could have a range of effects: it could improve software quality, it could slow down (mostly sloppy) innovation, and it could drive waves of legal actions. This will be interesting to watch!

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