Questions tagged [privacy]

Apple hardware and software can log location as well as other sensitive information that you may wish to keep private. Also group questions that relate to general software and information relating on how to protect your privacy by choosing one configuration over another.

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What user info does Apple disclose to third party app developers, once a user purchases an app?

what kind of privacy related info is exposed to third party app developers, if I downloaded and purchase their app? For example: Physical SIM card info (e.g, Phone number) iPhone board info (e.g, ...
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Wiped all disks for Ubuntu installation, but “macOS Recovery over the Internet” still knows my Wi-Fi password

I wiped all disks for Ubuntu installation. The macOS Recovery partition was gone. Decided after half of an year, to install again macOS with macOS Recovery over the Internet If you can't start up ...
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Can Apple decrypt iCloud data of third-party app?

Suppose that a third-party app is encrypted (say, with AES 128), and that this app stores data in iCloud through iCloud Drive. In general, can Apple decrypt this data as it would with data stored in ...
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Is it possible to give/remove permissions to/from apps via the command line?

Logi Options seems to forget it has Input Monitoring and Accessibility permissions frequently, so I have to go in and remove the permissions and add them back to get the scroll wheel on my MX Anywhere ...
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My AppleTV is in standby and still connects to Apple servers. Why and how to switch off?

I use OpenWrt as router software and see this while AppleTV is in standby since weeks: DuckDuckGo finds 17.57.144.53 is an IP address operated by Apple Port 5223 Details: Port used by Apple to ...
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Can iOS apps request updated permission to selected photos?

Recently while using the iOS Twitter app (8.36.3), I chose to grant access only to selected photos. I selected one photo that I wanted to share. Later I wanted to share another photo. I was taken to a ...
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New Safari 14.0 Intelligent Tracking Prevention vs DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials

I've recently updated Safari to version 14.0 and now there's a new Intelligent Tracking Prevention panel showing blocked trackers. I've been using DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials extension for blocking ...
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My iPad's MAC address seems to have changed with the iPadOS 14 update. Is this normal?

I was looking at my Ubiquiti UniFi controller webpage and noticed that my iPad Pro 10.5 was seen as a new device. I went to the Insights tab and saw that it has two entries, with two different MAC ...
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How can I configure iOS so that all Internet traffic goes through a VPN and is blocked if the VPN isn't activated?

How can I configure iOS so that all Internet traffic goes through a VPN and is blocked if the VPN isn't activated?
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How can apps make requests in the background without permission?

When I turn on Charles Proxy on iOS the result is shocking. There are several apps (which I haven't used recently) making requests in the background even though I've turned off permissions for ...
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How can a new iPhone know the names of people in my photos?

I recently got a new iPhone. As a part of setting it up I synced my photos from my PC to the new iPhone (as I did with the old device). After that, I waited for the phone to run it's face recognition. ...
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iPhone 8 on iPhone 6 analytics

I have a strange issue where I have iPhone 8 on my iPhone 6 analytics. Listed in analytics as: AppVariant: 1:iPhone8,2:13. I have an iPhone 6.
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Odd spotlight reindexing problem. Privacy List Error The item couldn’t be added or removed because of an unknown error

I realized a few days ago that my spotlight wasn't finding any files. It was only giving me dictionary definitions and siri website suggestions. I figured it needed re-indexing so I tried adding the ...
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How to add/remove applications from “File and Folders” inside “Security and Privacy” -> Privacy Tab

How to remove these bunch of files from here. I use VS code, when I debug a program it asks for this permission that a file that is created while debugging wants to access your Document folder. And ...
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Can't add apps to “Files & Folders” under Security & Privacy

Can't add apps to "Files & Folders" under Security & Privacy, plus/minus buttons are greyed out. Any ideas on how to fix this?
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Does “<app> would like to access files in your Downloads folder” give complete access to directory, or just certain files in it?

I see the following (particularly with communications apps like slack and zoom): If I had sensitive info in Downloads, say, client data for a project I'd been working on, could these applications ...
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How is it possible for certain retailers to link Apple Pay transactions back to the original card that was used to make the payment?

From carrying out some research over the last several days, my understanding is that when adding a card to Apple Pay and when using the just-added card to make a transaction, the retailer only sees ...
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Hidden files saved by Mac OS X into USB drive

I inserted some USB device (I don't quite know which partition type it was) into my Mac OS X Yosemite, copied one file from this device into my Mac, and saved one txt file from TextEdit into this ...
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ScreenFlow won't record screen after transferring data to new MacBook Pro running Catalina

I've just bought a new 16" MacBook Pro and I've transferred all my data, but now ScreenFlow won't record the screen anymore. It must be a permission problem, so I've opened System Preferences >...
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Error “Not authorised to send Apple events to Terminal.” when starting Maxima

I downloaded Maxima and installed on Mac OS Mojave (10.14.6). I followed instructions and remove the quanrantine attributes : $ sudo xattr -d -r com.apple.quarantine /Applications/Maxima.app ...
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Local CDN emulation for Safari?

I'm looking for a Safari extension that will function like this one: https://decentraleyes.org The idea is to bypass CDNs because many of these are hosted on domains (by Google and others) that are ...
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To what degree is Siri listening?

Siri must "listen" for commands, however, that being said if it does not receive the command prompt "Hey Siri," can users rely on the algorithm to not record/send conversations or other private audio? ...
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Catlina Security: Does root need permissions?

Consider the new privacy system in Catalina. E.g. disk access, cam, mic, input etc. Does an application run as root need such permissions or is everything inherently granted?
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How to remove privacy settings for files and folders in Catalina?

It seems to be simple, but how to remove the given privacy settings for files and folders? I have some double mentions which I would like to remove! So how to achieve this, when the + / - control ...
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FaceTime Photos must be enabled on both devices to use this feature

When I'm on a FaceTime video call, there's a camera button. When I press the FaceTime camera button to take a photo, I get the message: FaceTime Photos must be enabled on both devices to use this ...
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What is dasd_data_dollection in analytics?

On my iPhone 7, in Settings -> Privacy -> Analytics and Improvements -> Analytics Data, one of the items on the list is "dasd_data_collection" Tbh, I don't understand what most things in the ...
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Can I View My Advertising ID?

Is it possible to see my Advertising ID? The Apple Support article states ... When Limit Ad Tracking is enabled on iOS 10 or later, the Advertising Identifier is replaced with a non-unique ...
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Camera not listed under Privacy settings since upgrade to macOS Sierra

I recently started working from home on my Mac by connecting to Microsoft Remote Desktop from my PC at this office. My problem is when using Skype or Microsoft Teams in the remote session, no camera ...
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Can't grant Input Monitoring permission to Wacom drivers on macOS Catalina

To preface, I am a procrastinator at updating my laptop. I just updated to macOS Catalina and I want to throw something at it. My laptop: MacBook, Retina 12 inch, Early 2015; 1.1GHz Dual-Core Intel ...
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Security & Privacy preference always hangs when opening

Every time I try to open Security & Privacy preference it hangs indefinitely. Eventually I have to force it to quit. This is the top part of the latest crash report after forcing it to quit: Date/...
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How do I grant access in Files and Folders in Catalina for Chrome?

Background: I was debugging a web app and discovered my browser file upload was no longer working in Chrome 80, but works fine in Safari: when I clicked the 'Browse...' button on the web page, the ...
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How to script Catalina Security & Privacy Preferences

In my line of work we use LanRev for our remote management. However, with new machines using Catalina, we've had to manually allow Full Disc Access in order for remote control to work. Is there way ...
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How user's name can be displayed before disk is decrypted, when FileVault is turned on?

As far as I understood, FileVault provides full disk encryption functionality. What gets me puzzled though, is that once computer (with disk encrypted using FileVault) is turned on - username is ...
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Is there an easy way to destroy the internal microphone hardware on iMac?

I use a iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2014) and wonder if there is an easy way to destroy the internal microphone hardware. I don't need the microphone. Assuming I had a guarantee, is it allowed to ...
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Mac Location Services: Frequent Polling?

I frequently see the Location icon in my menu bar despite not having any apps running that use it. When I click it, it says Maps is using my location, even when I don't have the maps open at all. Is ...
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How do I reset Screen Recording permission on macOS Catalina?

I'm using macOS Catalina and I want to use screen sharing in Slack. But when the permission prompt came up I accidentally clicked Deny because it was the default option. Now I can't get the prompt to ...
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macOS (Catalina) Disabled Input Monitoring

I have an application that I need to add to the input monitoring section of Security/Privacy. For some reason when I click on it and then unlock I don't even get an empty list, I get nothing and ...
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When using Private Browsing within Mobile Safari, is any data saved to the iOS filesystem?

In previous desktop-based browsers that I've used, when activating their built-in Private Browsing mode I'm used to the fact that as soon as the Private Browsing window is closed, all of the tabs that ...
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Why is Google Chrome not seen in the Screen Recording Options in Security and Privacy settings

I recently upgraded to Catalina(which I regret now). I have been facing lot of weird issues after upgrading one of which being not able to share the screen on Google Hangout Meet. I followed a few of ...
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Keep my Apple ID, but delete individual iCloud services and data (for example the mailbox @icloud.com)

When I type in DuckDuckGo something like How to permanently delete an Apple ID account I get lots of hits. But it will delete the complete Apple ID. I wish only to delete the mailbox @icloud.com and ...
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Quick(er) shortcut to open link in a private window or tab in Safari

Is there a keyboard shortcut + click available in macOS Safari so that I can immediately open a link in a private window when clicking? I want to simply hold down a key (or key combination) and then ...
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Earliest way to disable wifi at login or boot

I'm running Catalina, and the OS will always turn wifi on at boot. I've been looking into methods to turn wifi power off when I login, and I've created a .plist: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-...
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MacBook Pro Catalina - Input Monitoring

I hope someone can help me. I was updating my driver for my XP-Pen drawing tablet. Part of the instructions included adding the app and the driver to Input Monitoring. However, the + and - sign at ...
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Why is the System Preferences lock decorative and no longer preventing changes when locked?

If I recall correctly, the little lock icon in System Preferences used to prevent changes without unlocking it and providing username and password. Either my macOS is broken, or this isn't the case ...
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How to lock a browser with a password/passcode on iPhone?

Is there a way to make a Web browser on iPhone 11 Pro other than Safari to be lockable with a password or a passcode, even by any extension? That is, when you launch the browser, a password is ...
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What is sh in the accessibility permissions in Catalina?

Not sure what this is, but I upgraded from High Sierra and it asked me to enable it. This isn't on my Macbook Pro running Catalina. How can I tell if this is needed?
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Can I set up a way to load iTerm with or without Full Disk Access on the fly?

I really appreciate Catalina's "Full Disk Access" Privacy right for keeping software I run in iTerm out of things like removable volumes, photos, etc. However, sometimes I do need to use iTerm in ...
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Lock Screen Recording In Privacy (System Preferences)

I made a standard account to try to put a password to system preference. When I go to privacy, everything is locked except "Screen Recording". I can change "screen recording" without having to unlock ...
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Why are these corporate certificates pre-installed and is it safe to delete/“Never Trust” most/all of them?

I was going through this macOS Security and Privacy Guide repo, step by step, and found some good privacy tips. However, when I arrived at the Certificate Authorities section I got a little confused. ...
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Reset/Remove all entries in Security&Privacy>Privacy [duplicate]

How can I reset (which means remove) all entries in the System Settings > Security&Privacy > Privacy list?

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