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2. November 2017

Privacy Experts Raise Concerns Over iOS Developer Access to Certain Pieces of Facial Data

The iPhone X’s facial recognition abilities continue to be found at the center of privacy concerns, with the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Democracy and Technology today raising questions over how „effectively“ Apple can enforce certain privacy rules surrounding face scanning (via Reuters). Specifically, the privacy defending groups are worried about how certain pieces of facial data can be taken off the iPhone X by developers who seek to create entertainment features with the new smartphone’s facial software.

Facial data that is used to unlock the iPhone X — or data related to „Face ID“ — is securely stored [...]

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24. Oktober 2017

FBI Unable to Retrieve Encrypted Data From 6,900 Devices Over the Last 11 Months

The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation was unable to retrieve data from 6,900 mobile devices that it attempted to access over the course of the last 11 months, reports the Associated Press.

FBI Director Christopher Wray shared the number at an annual conference for the International Association of Chiefs of Police on Sunday.

During the first 11 months of the current fiscal year, Wray says the 6,900 devices that were inaccessible accounted for half of the total devices the FBI attempted to retrieve data from. Wray called the FBI’s inability to get into the devices a „huge, huge problem.“ „To put it mildly, this is a huge, huge [...]

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14. Oktober 2017

T-Mobile to Cap ‚Mobile Without Borders‘ Feature at 5GB of LTE Data Per Month Starting November 12

T-Mobile this week quietly announced plans to tweak the way its „Mobile Without Borders“ feature works, adding a 5GB data cap.

Introduced in 2015 as an Un-carrier initiative, Mobile Without Borders is a T-Mobile feature that’s designed to extend LTE coverage and calling to Mexico and Canada at no additional charge. It was designed to use a customer’s normal voice, message, and LTE data allotments while roaming in Mexico or Canada.

With an unlimited data plan, customers using Mobile Without Borders had access to „unlimited“ 4G LTE data up to the standard cap of 50GB while in Canada or Mexico.

Starting on November 12, [...]

 
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13. Oktober 2017

Apple Wins Approval for $1 Billion Data Center in Ireland

Apple has won approval to build a $1 billion data center in the west of Ireland, successfully fending off an environmental legal challenge brought by local residents (via Reuters).

Ireland’s High Court on Thursday ruled that the proposed data center in Galway county, planned by Apple since February 2015, could proceed despite locals‘ various environmental concerns for the area if Apple successfully built the facility.

The residents against Apple attempted to halt construction last November by claiming that the permission it was granted by independent planning body An Bord Pleanála was invalid.

They alleged that An Bord Pleanála [...]

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