Originally Posted by SolipsismX
Originally Posted by Taniwha
Apple, like all of the rest are interested in profit and not in security or privacy. Get your head around that.
I can't get my head around why you think these are mutually exclusive.
OK, let's think about it a moment. Don't worry, you're not under attack.
Firstly, it's a self-evident truth that you can't have privacy without security. If you can't protect your data, you can't protect your personal data. OK so far ?
Now let's focus for the moment on Apple and Security. While I think it's fair to say that the Unix foundation of OSX is a great advantage since it incorporates a considerable degree of security by design. it is equally fair to say that Apple has been anything but open and transparent about the details of its implementation. Frankly, you just don't know enough to say it is cutting edge security. The goto fail blunder however speaks volumes about the inadequacy of their code reviews and security testing. Frankly that was a fail of monumental proportions because it was so f*n obvious to anyone who can read code. There was NOTHING subtle about it. There are other examples.
Let's turn to the Hype about the highly secure touch-id implementation. It was cracked in a couple of days by simple procedures, already well known and documented before Apple released the product. Now I take the position that if a company knowingly spouts bullshit regarding security, then they are not to be trusted. And remember .. its not open source so the real experts cannot independently review the security programming.
Finally, there is a long-standing and unchanged lack of transparency and responsiveness by Apple with regard to responding to the user community on security issues turned up regularly by third party analysts. By comparison, Microsoft has completely transformed its policies in this respect (no I do NOT like MS) and is much more open, faster to respond and to patch.
Secondly, if you actually READ the Apple Privacy policies you will not that they define Personal Information only as information containing DIRECT personal identifiers. This is absolutely incompatible with at least 40 years of internationally accepted definitions which since around 1950 (!!) have defined personal information as any information directly or indirectly linked or linkable to natural (living) persons.
Finally, to save any stupid debate, in the entire EU the right to privacy is a constitutional right. Your personal information belongs to YOU and not to any company that may want to collect it. Its important for americans to understand that. In germany it was ruled by the constitutional court in 1988 that there is a fundamental right to informational self-determination.
Does that help you get your head around the issues ??