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Millions of iPhone users in the U.K. are suing Google for illicit data collection


Anti-robocall bill is one step closer to being passed into law
Class action suit includes more than 4 million people.
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A lawsuit filed by millions of U.K. iPhone users alleges that Google bypassed Apple’s privacy settings to collect user data. The “Google You Owe Us” group represents more than 4 million people. This group is asking for a maximum $3.9 billion in damages.

On Wednesday, a London appeals judge ruled that the case can proceed.

Zuck is prepared to drag Apple into Facebook’s congressional hearing


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Apple has had its share of data scandals too, Facebook's CEO notes.
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Steve Jobs once promised a “thermonuclear war” against Google. Here in 2018, it seems more like Apple is in more of a Cold War with fellow tech giant Facebook — based on recent comments made by both companies.

While we’ve argued before that the congressional investigation of Facebook only helps Apple, it seems that Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is doing his best to hurt Apple, too. Here’s how.

Apple tweaks HealthKit policy to shield your most personal data


New IBM cloud has the potential to take Health data to the next level. Photo: Apple
Apple has modified HealthKit's privacy policy to ensure that your data is safe from advertisers.

Apple may view its mobile health push as a “moral obligation,” but for it to really become the tech leader in this area it’s going to need to ensure that it has user trust on its side.

That may help explain why — ahead of the September 9 event many predict will see the unveiling of the long-awaited iWatch — Apple has taken the opportunity to update its HealthKit privacy policy to ensure that developers keep user data away from advertisers and data brokers.

Apple publishes its guidelines for law enforcement data requests



Ever since the Edward Snowden revelations, the question of how companies like Apple respond to law enforcement and government requests for user information has taken on a new level of importance.

In a new document added to its website, called Legal Process Guidelines U.S. Law Enforcement, Apple provides an overview of how it deals with such requests in North America.