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Experts claim that iPhone’s analytics data is not anonymousSecurity Affairs

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Researchers have discovered that analytics data associated with iPhones contains Directory Service Identifiers (DSIDs) that allow users to be identified.

Researchers at software company Mysk have found that analytics data collected by iPhones contains Directory Service Identifiers (DSIDs) that allow users to be identified.

Apple collects both the DSID and Apple ID. In other words, the former can be used to identify users and obtain relevant personal information such as name, phone number, date of birth, email and address.

“Apple uses the DSID to uniquely identify your Apple ID account. The DSID is associated with your name, email, and iCloud account data. This is a screenshot of an API call to iCloud. Yes, and the DSID is clearly visible alongside the user’s personal data.” read Tweet by Mysk.

According to experts, this behavior is privacy policy of the company stating that “none of the information collected will identify you personally.”

“Personal data is not recorded at all, is subject to privacy protection techniques such as differential privacy, or is removed from reports before being sent to Apple.” situation policy.

“Knowing your DSID is like knowing your name. It’s one-to-one with your identity,” says app developer and security researcher Tommy Mysk. told gizmodo“All of these in-depth analytics link directly to you. There’s no way to turn it off, so that’s a problem.”

It’s important to emphasize that Mysk researchers used jailbroken iPhones running iOS 14.6 for testing to decrypt the traffic and determine what data was sent back to Apple.

Experts also tested an iPhone running iOS 16, but the security measures implemented by Apple did not allow the device to be “jailbroken” to inspect its traffic. Anyway, the expert claims that the jailbroken phone sends the same data as his latest iOS version.

Apple has not yet responded to a request for comment on this issue.

Earlier this month, Mysk researchers found that users turn off the switch iPhone setting “Share iPhone analytics”.

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Pierluigi Paganini

(Security related hacking, iPhone)





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