Apple’s device analytics include identifying iCloud data – researchers


iOS device analytics include an ID named ‘’dsld’’ (Directory Services Identifier) that can be used to uniquely identify Apple IDs and a number of personal information such as names, emails, and other data linked to iCloud accounts, a new research claimed. (via MacRumors)

That’s according to iOS developers and security researchers Tommy Mysk and Talal Haj Bakry who shared their findings on their Twitter account earlier today, claiming that Apple analytics can uniquely identify users although the iPhone-maker says the opposite.

According to Apple: ‘’iPhone Analytics may include details about hardware and operating system specifications, performance statistics, and data about how you use your devices and applications.’’ However, ‘’none of the collected information identifies you personally. Personal data is either not logged at all, is subject to privacy preserving techniques such as differential privacy, or is removed from any reports before they’re sent to Apple.’’

The tech giant says that if users agree to send their Analytics info from multiple devices that are connected to the same iCloud account, then it may ‘’correlate some usage data about Apple apps across those devices by syncing using end-to-end encryption.” However, it still doesn’t identify users, according to the company. 

Apple hasn’t shared a word on the research yet.

The claims come days after a class action lawsuit was filed in California against the company for allegedly tracking user data without their consent and violating the California Invasion of Privacy Act, as reported by Bloomberg.

Privacy is one of the main issues that Apple uses to set its products apart from competitors. But Apple’s privacy guarantees are completely illusory,” said the lawsuit which was filed on Thursday.

Written by Maya Robertson


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