Unless Apple backs down on this AND makes a firm commitment to keeping ITS nose out of YOUR device, there’s no way I’ll be recommending everyday folks buy Apple to protect their privacy.
Unless they make this commitment, there will no longer be any difference between Apple & Google. (Apart from the oddly surprising position I might find myself in as I recommend Google Pixel phones running GrapheneOS to some folks.)
You’re fucking up, Apple. You’re fucking up big time.
@aral Already seeing some pushback from the Apple-friendly media here in the USA. "Look, this is a complicated issue..."
@aral It was extremely expected, given that Apple uses a walled and very closed-source garden for their smartphones. How did they manage to twist that into a privacy-friendly facade is, perhaps, one of the many examples of their patented Reality Distortion Field
Apple's business model is still selling devices (and services more recently) to actual _people_.
Saying that there is no difference is a belittlement of Google's business model, IMO.
That's not how it works. Google doesn't actually sell your data to third parties. They run your data through algorithms that profile you and offer use of this as a service. The advertiser doesn't see all the info Google has on you. It'd be against Google's interests if they did, as rivals could use that data for themselves.
Same applies to Facebook etc.
To answer your question if I had to choose a friend who spied on me openly and another who claimed to respect my privacy but randomly installed cameras in my house and told me I shouldn't worry if I have nothing to hide, I'd pick the first one. At least I know where I stand.
Ideally of course I'd tell them both to fuck off and go to my other friend Graphene who doesn't violate my privacy at all.
What you said (and what I wrote over six years ago) no longer have any relevance if Apple goes ahead with its plans.
The actual technique involved in violating your privacy is irrelevant. What matters is that your privacy is being violated.
Wrote a bit about Pixels the other day.
#GrapheneOS was the first of a new wave of Android/AOSP based operating systems that keep the full security model of Android intact.
GrapheneOS makes significant improvements on Android security and takes user privacy seriously. Theres a steady stream of improvements
See the features
#LineageOS reduces security due to (generally) requiring an unlocked bootloader and shipping userdebug build @aral
@aral frustrating that alternatives are so limited too. Purism’s Librem phone looked decent but don’t know anyone that’s tried it.
@aral excellent post, and good recommendations regarding GrapheneOS too. Can't wait until the Pinephone is ready for daily use but until then GrapheneOS on a Pixel is excellent.
@aral hi, Aral, I learned a lot from GNU Project's web page Apple's Operating Systems are Malware https://www.gnu.org/proprietary/malware-apple.en.html.
The social network of the future: No ads, no corporate surveillance, ethical design, and decentralization! Own your data with Mastodon!