iOs update includes a major invasion of your privacy

Mimi Launder
Sunday 08 October 2017 11:30
Science and Tech
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Uber has been given a dubious-sounding 'entitlement' by Apple to record your iPhone screen through iOS 11.

As if the car-sharing company needed further access to your data.

Uber is the only third-party app with access to the new iOS 11 screen-recording feature according to Will Strafach, the security researcher who uncovered the special permission given by Apple.

This means the app can record your screen, even when it is closed.

The company doesn't appear to have been recording screens, nor intend to in the future.

But Apple expert Luca Todesco is concerned that hackers could use the app's special access to their advantage, telling ZDNet:

It paints a pretty big target on top of the app.

I find this very frightening and dangerous. 

This is the latest in a string of Uber-related privacy issues. Earlier this year, The New York Times reported that Apple threatened to kick Uber out of the App Store after it was caught tracking iPhones after the app was deleted.

In a statement to The Next Web, Uber said:

The API isn't connected to anything in our current database, meaning it's non-functional and there's no existing feature using it.

It was only ever used to render maps for an early version of our Apple Watch app, but has been dormant for quite some time.

We are working with Apple to remove it completely ASAP. 

HT The Next Web ZDNet

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