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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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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Completely disable geolocation on Opera 65

I would like to completely disable Geolocation (not even get a prompt to be asked to allow it) on Opera 65 on the Mac. I found this document on the Opera website which says Turning off geolocation ...
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How is it possible for Maps in iOS 13 to have location permissions set to “Whilst Using” but provide navigation instructions in the background?

Whilst taking a look at the apps that have permissions to view my location in iOS 13.2.3 from Settings/Privacy/Location Services, I've noticed that the stock Maps app is only listed as having access ...
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How to know if an iOS app does not access the internet via Wi-Fi or Cellular?

Is there a clear indicator that an app does not access the internet via Wi-Fi or cellular? For instance in the Settings App there is an entry for every app installed on iOS 13. There you find an app ...
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Is it possible to prevent repeated location usage warning prompts in iOS 13?

I have a couple of apps which I have set to Always On location usage. I'm sure that's what I want, and it's not going to change any time soon. iOS 13 prompts me about each of them every day or two. I ...
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Why am I getting Universal Clipboard popups when I'm not typing anything?

I was just in the Weather Underground iOS app on my iPhone. I was not inputting text, I had just opened the app so it was showing me weather conditions for my current location. After the app ...
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Little Snitch uninstalled properly but Little Snitch Helper still here

Long time ago, I uninstalled Little Snitch with the built-in uninstaller. I also ran CleanMyMac and checked all possible leftovers on Hard Disk: /Library and inside Home Folder: /Library such as : /...
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Extend Catalina's privacy protection to other folders

In MacOS Catalina apps need to ask for explicit permission to access certain user folders (such as ~/Documents and ~/Downloads). Is it possible to extend this protection to other folders (e.g. a ...
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Does “Full Disk Access” include access to ”Files and Folders" Privacy settings?

In MacOS 10.15 new settings have been introduced in Security & Privacy that allow the user to determine access to files and folders for specific applications. For example access to the 'Desktop' ...
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Steam.app would like to receive keystrokes from any application

I just installed a new version of Steam on macOS Catalina 10.15 (19A602) and got this unexpected request: Keystroke Receiving Steam.app would like to receive keystrokes from any application I ...
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Mail on macOS Catalina: Disable “Load remote content in messages”

In previous versions of Mail on macOS, there was an entry in Settings that read "Load remote content in messages". I'd like to disable loading remote content. Is that possible to do in Catalina, ...
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Manually create Apple hidden e-Mail addresses @privaterelay.appleid.com

I would love to create a handfull of private/disposable e-Mail adresses with my Apple ID - i can manage and see right here: https://appleid.apple.com/account/manage If i sign in for example at pocket....
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I can't check or uncheck items in Security & Privacy > Accessibility on macOS Catalina

Since I installed macOS Catalina I can no longer check or uncheck some items that appear under Security & Privacy > Accessibility. First I click on padlock button on the lower left side of the ...
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Shortcut to Clear History and Website Data

Clear History and Website Data for Safari is deeply hidden in Settings. Tap, tap, tap. With the new Shortcuts App in iOS 13 can I create a shortcut to clear history?
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What is the host “xp.apple.com” for and what is sent there?

Ever since I have installed a Pi-hole DNS/DHCP server at my home, I see the host xp.apple.com pop up as one of the most blocked hosts. The amount of lookups attempted is ridiculous, at around 10% of ...
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What is the difference between Full Disk Access and Files & Folders access in Catalina?

From security preferences pane we see below info: What is restricted internally for each of these? Files and Folders access: Allow the apps below to access files and folders. Full Disk access: ...
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MacBook Pro 13" Touch bar - Privacy > Accessibility list not working

My MBP with Mojave 10.14.6 doesn't let me add apps to the Privacy > Accessibility nor to Privacy > Full Disk Access in the System Preferences > Security & Privacy pane. Many devices ask me to do ...
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How does google maps know that I've taken pictures?

Yesterday I've visited a restaurant. The restaurant had a beautiful garden and colorful plants. So I took several pictures there. Today, Google Maps sent me a notification and offered me to share ...
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How to restart using an app without it accessing older data?

An app that I tried out a couple years ago somehow keeps identifying my old trial data (it required a signup with email, but now I'm trying to signup using a different email), even if I delete the app,...
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What are the risks of allowing apps to control my Mac? [duplicate]

CheatSheet App, for instance, is asking to be granted accessibility permission. I am sure that permission is required to make it work but what are the risks of allowing that permission?

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