Apple addresses macOS privacy concerns, says better controls are coming in 2021

Apple addresses macOS privacy concerns, says better controls are coming in 2021

Apple’s macOS Big Sur gave many users a good scare. Shortly after the new OS was made available for download, some users experienced slowdowns while launching apps. Then, security researcher Jeffrey Paul wrote a blog post about the issue, pointing out that there’s a potentially big privacy problem that’s causing the slowdowns. 

According to Paul, new versions of macOS send a unique identifier of every program a user runs to Apple. Issues with Apple’s server receiving the data caused the slowdowns, but, as Paul explained, the way in which the company sends this data is problematic, as it could mean that Apple gathers (and can potentially share this info with third parties, such as law enforcement agencies) a ton of info on what you do on your computer.  Read more…

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