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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Spyware in MacOS: Spotlight Search Privacy

I have Macbook Pro 14.2 from 2017. I don't have Apple ID and I don't own Iphone or any other apple products. I wanted to know are Spotlight search private? Or, in my case is it possible to mask my ...
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A few apps constantly asking for location permissions, even though I grant them access every time

TLDR; How to identify and troubleshoot security prompts that repeat on macOS Monterey 12.3.1 on an Intel MBP? Fantastical.app (from the Mac App Store) and TV.app (the apple app) will ask multiple ...
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MacOS 12.3.1 Full Disk Access problem

We use an MDM solution to manage devices. A .mobileconfig 'profile' grants all the necessary access for Ivanti File Director, that works perfectly fine when the rights were granted on an earlier ...
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Streaming Pictures (local network only) to the new AppleTV

How-To stream and/or upload Pictures (local network only, I don't wish any cloud) to the new AppleTV? With a web search I found a few Apps, but they are discontinued. I am aware of AirPlay, but search ...
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Where does Safari store material from "fbcdn.net"?

If I disconnect from internet, launch Safari, open Preferences→Privacy→Manage website data, and click Remove All, everything vanishes except a cache from fbcdn.net. Selecting that only and clicking ...
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No recording indicator in control center when microphone is in use

According to the macOS User Guide: The Recording Indicator light in Control Center shows you when your computer’s microphone is in use or has been used recently... The light turns on when you open ...
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How to prevent apps from accessing real MAC address?

I would like to prevent apps in my M1 Mac from accessing my real MAC address is there absolutely anything that I can do to hide real MAC address from apps in my computer. If I spoof MAC address ...
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Is Allowing Full Disk Access to Safari Dangerous?

I have created a front-end tool for work using only HTML, CSS and Js. I'm trying to have my coworkers simply open the html file in their own browsers, but the browser gives an error that requires ...
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Did Macs have an AV built-in and enabled by default in early 2014?

In early 2014, would a new MacBook Air be shipped with some sort of Apple anti-virus software? And if so, would it be running by default and "block threats" on its own in some intelligent ...
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How to stop com.apple.metadata:kMDItemWhereFroms attribute from being saved in files?

Recently I found out that macOS saves full download link to metadata of file which kept when file moves between computers which I found a big security risk for me. Is it possible to disable saving ...
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Persistent orange dot (microphone) icon even when microphone not in actual use - how to find out which app may be causing this?

I've been having some strange issues where the "orange dot" (microphone supposedly active/on/listening/recording), but I have no visible apps that actually should have the microphone active. ...
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What sort of privacy can be expected with Apple Business Manager enrolling a company Mac in a MDM?

I got a new Macbook that is managed by a company with Apple Business Manager. Other than working for this company, I want to use this device for my private stuff too, like freelancing. This would mean ...
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Safari accesses Contacts

I’m reading the App Privacy Report of my iPhone. It says that Safari accesses Contacts. I‘ve never explicitly allowed it and I don’t know why Safari does it. I have disabled the use of contact ...
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MacOS: difference between orange dot next to control center vs. to the right of clock?

I've noticed that sometimes the orange dot for mic use* shows up right next to the control center icon (image 1) and sometimes it shows up farther to the right (image 2), in the very corner of the ...
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Are there privacy risks in sharing the MacOS .DS_Store files?

In MacOS, each folder has a hidden .DS_Store file. If I compress a folder on MacOS, the zip file will contain those .DS_Store files. What information is contained in those files, and does it expose ...
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Eliminating all apple telemetry

Using Lulu, and turning off the "allow apple processes" option, You can see that apple makes hundreds of connections to the internet for a variety of reasons. I did an experiment: I blocked ...
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Does system_profiler have private information I shouldn't send?

A support website is asking me to run system_profiler and send them the resulting report. I looked at the output, and it is 62,654 lines long. It has a lot of information in it. Is any of it private ...
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Lawful interception: How-To identify a Private Relay user?

In Germany there is the NetzDG, if you post "hate" or criticize a decision maker harshly, you will be punished. How do you identify a user who (exclusively) uses Private Relay?
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iPhone iMessage using microphone at random times

So I was on iMessage when I noticed the orange dot all of a sudden go off, even though I was just typing. This was really strange, so I checked the App Privacy, and it appears every day in the past 7 ...
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Set different cookie policies for specific websites on Safari?

I was wondering if Safari somehow allows to specify different cookie policies on specific websites. Let's say, for example, that I want stackexchange cookies to be deleted at the end of the session. ...
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Enabling cookies for a specific site on Safari?

It seems like on the newer versions of Safari, I'm not able to allow/block cookies for specific sites. Before, there was an option, but now that option has been replaced with the tick box "...
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How to disable privacy notification (orange dot) while apps access your camera or microphone

The newest version of MacOS introduced a privacy feature that will show a small orange dot in the top-right corner when an app is accessing your camera or microphone. In general, this is a very useful ...
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Is there a way to prevent a bad actor from using your AirTag to track you?

Scenario: You have an AirTag in your purse or wallet. You go to a crowded location, like a bar. A bad actor, with an iPhone, gets an alert about an unknown AirTag in the vicinity and decides to add ...
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MacOS >11.0: Is there a way to programmatically give an app Privacy->Accessibility Permissions?

Using only a command line, is it possible to add an app to Security & Privacy/Privacy/Accessibility shown below? Using Azure Pipelines, I'm attempting to set up a remote machine and it needs a ...
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iCloud Private Relay turned on but not working

On my Mac I have iCloud Private relay turned on (both on the iCloud settings and for the wifi network), but my IP address doesn't change. It changed on my iPhone and iPad on the same network, but not ...
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How iOS apps keep track of me across reinstallations?

I installed app MyApp on iOS 15, I uninstalled it and then reinstalled it, the app still recognized my phone. How did it do that? iCloud backup is not enabled for this app. App data was lost after ...
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iPhone private MAC address not working? 2 MAC addresses appear in my router

I just connected my iPhone to a brand new router and saw that 2 new MAC addresses appeared in connected devices. By disabling the "Private address" feature I could verify that both MAC ...
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Is Apple enabling phishing attacks through theft of iOS clipboard data? How to prevent? [duplicate]

My iPhone disclosed a friend's name and address to an app without my permission by stealing clipboard contents. Good thing it wasn't financial information! When I looked into the problem, I found this:...
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What process controls the microphone/camera indicator dots on macOS?

Context for this: my dots got stuck. I had just finished a Discord call, but the dot stayed on all night with Control Center reporting that Discord was using my microphone. I had quit Discord, the app ...
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How secure is Apple's Mail Privacy Protection?

Apple states the following about their Mail Privacy Protection feature: The Mail app can help protect your privacy. Email messages you receive may include remote content that allows a sender to ...
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Can I substitute my VPN subscription with macOS's Private Relay?

TL;DR: Title. I see that macOS's Private Relay essentially relays the internet traffic from my iMac to an internet endpoint (or rather an internet traffic light) in a way that neither Apple nor the ...
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iOS: View Location Access Log For App

I recently got a message that an app had been using my location in the background ("n times over the last m days", with a map of locations). Since I trust this app in general and know the ...
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What does the "Learn from this App" setting mean in "Siri & Search"?

Most apps have a "Siri & Search" section with a setting called "Learn from this App". I have three questions regarding this setting. What does this setting mean? What ...
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App Privacy in App Store

How reliable is the information on the application's page in the App Privacy section about not collecting data? Can it be checked?
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Is there a risk that iCloud Private Relay interferes negatively with VPN service (for privacy)?

iCloud Private Relay is currently in beta, and available for Macs with MacOS Monterey. I sometimes use a VPN service for privacy purposes. Private Relay looks interesting as a "basic privacy ...
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Toggle Video permissions using Terminal

Is there any way to toggle Privacy Settings using the terminal? The use-case is that for certain meetings I'd like to have the option to toggle video on/off and for others, I want to completely ...
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Does the `trace` directive for `sandbox-exec` still work?

I've just been learning about the (deprecated, but still usable) way to launch an app in a sandbox via sandbox-exec. It looks like a very helpful approach that is recommended several places including ...
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How does Apple know that I called Apple from an iPhone?

I called Apple from France at 0805 540 003. The robot said: “I see that you are calling from an iPhone. Are you calling about this iPhone?” Indeed, I was calling from an iPhone. How does the robot ...
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Stop Using iCloud for Photos

For a long time, I used Adobe Lightroom to store my photos. Then I got lazy, and a lot of the images I took with my iPhone, just got left on the phone. So I started to use iCloud, which meant that ...
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What level of access does a password manager app in iOS have?

In iOS, can a password manager app access and read everything that's displayed on my screen? Like app being used, or url being visited etc? How does it actually work? How does a password manager know ...
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macOS 11.6 Big Sur dns privacy service inactive/not running

How is macOS 11 dns privacy restarted? Installed dns privacy profile from here: https://github.com/paulmillr/encrypted-dns download rename extension to filename: google-https.mobileconfig double-...
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Residual microsoft data on my iphone?

I'm trying to scan some important documents using my iPhone 11. The built in scanner (in e.g. Notes) doesn't seem to allow me to use a wide view so I'm having to resort to Microsoft Lens. Being the ...
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"Find My" app continually tracking iPhone and MacBook location since latest software update

Since updating my iPhone to iOS 15.0 and MacBook to macOS 11.6 last week, both devices are continually actuating location services whenever BlueTooth is enabled. I see this as a solid white compass ...
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Apple private app distribution and privacy

I developed an app for a specific client and it will be published as private distribution only for this client through the Apple Business Manager and redemption codes. My question is about the privacy ...
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"View Ad Targeting Information" shows "Advertising information isn't available right now. Try again later"

Control how Apple delivers advertising to you on iPhone Go to Settings > Privacy > Apple Advertising > View Ad Targeting Information. The information is used by Apple to deliver more ...
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In what way is a reply to a received private relay email kept private?

If I hide my email address for an app signup, get a private relay address, and subsequently reply, in the Mail app (iOS 14.5), to an email sent to me via that address then Mail will use my default ...
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How to delete non-existent apps which wanted access in past from privacy menu

For example, these: These apps were deleted, but they still display in privacy menu.
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iOS 14, Privacy Warning , Network Blocking Encrypted DNS Traffic?

Updated to iOS 14 a few weeks back, and suddenly this morning my wife's phone is getting this message: There is the text "Privacy Warning" next to our home network SSID in the Wifi settings,...
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Can't add apps to “Files & Folders” under Security & Privacy

Even after unlocking the lock using my password, I cannot add apps in 2 occasions. First, (first image as well) the +/- button in "Files and Folders" is greyed out. Second, (second image), ...
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iPhone MDM and private Data (Inventory vs. Private Device)

I'd like to ask if there is a difference how my personal data is managed on an iPhone. Private Device (enrolled manual MDM): Separate APFS volume, restrictions for the company which data can be ...
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