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  • "Traitorware:" EFF Warns About Apple Patent

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation is saying that Apple wants to take spyware to the next level and create what the digital-rights advocacy group calls “traitorware:” technology that will inform Cupertino if a user is doing something the company doesn't like. The patent - which Michael covered last week, describes technologies that would ostensibly help recover stolen iPhones, but could also be used for spying and as a remote "kill switch" for jailbroken and unlocked phones.

    The patent, "Systems and Methods for Identifying Unauthorized Users of an Electronic Device" describes how an iOS device could determine a user’s identity and whether or not the user is the registered owner. The capabilities of the device - recording the voice of a user, getting the real-time location of the device, taking a photo of the user and the surroundings, and biometric information like heart rate and something called the "vibration profile" all without the user’s knowledge.

    EFF writer Julie Samuels writes in her blog post entitled "Steve Jobs is Watching You" that Apple does not say in the application how it would use the information, how long it will keep it, or who it would share it with. Samuels raises warnings that if Apple collects the information, the likelihood is great that it will eventually be exposed either by law enforcement or by security breaches, either outcome being a grave risk to privacy. Furthermore, Samuels highlights (as Michael did in his article) the capability this would give Apple to remotely kill any jailbroken or unlocked device.

    “This patent application does nothing short of providing a roadmap for how Apple can — and presumably will — spy on its customers and control the way its customers use Apple products,” Samuels writes. Decrying it as “downright creepy and invasive,” Samuels calls on Apple to leave this technology on the shelf.

    Source: Computerworld
    This article was originally published in forum thread: "Traitorware:" EFF Warns About Apple Patent started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
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      unison999 -
      is there a GPS coordinate for center of the earth? I want to transmit that and a Jules Verne picture sleeping on a hammock and a TRex about to attack him.
    1. llmo128's Avatar
      llmo128 -
      here you go buddy hopes this helps

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      sekazi -
      Quote Originally Posted by llmo128 View Post
      here you go buddy hopes this helps

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    1. zongomongo's Avatar
      zongomongo -
      How many times does Steve Jobs need to **** on us before we say enough is enough...
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      llmo128 -
      Soo true dude...
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      bpatsfan12 -
      Quote Originally Posted by billmilo View Post
      I've never understood why Apple or anybody wants to make more money.

      Once you reach a certain amount of money, you don't need anymore of it to take care of all your expenses. I don't understand why some people are multimillionaires of even billionaires.
      . Yea but apple has tens of trillions