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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Missing NSCameraUsageDescription key even though it is embedded in the binary

Attempting to debug OBS Studio in Xcode 11.1 (11A1027) under macOS Catalina 10.15 (19A583), and I've hit a really weird bug(?). Following Apple's instructions, I have enabled the option to embed a ...
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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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Is there a way to block email tracking services on Apple's Mail app OTHER than blocking all remote images? Any extensions?

I work in an industry context where I deal with numerous promoters who all love to include click tracking software on their emails (both for opening message/links), for example via MailChimp, Constant ...
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Why is there so much outbound traffic from Airmail 3 (from Bloop)?

I have been using Airmail 3 (highly regarded email client from Bloop that you get via the Mac App store) for some time now, but I am not sure how trustworthy they are. What concerns me about the app ...
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Protecting a user home folder using chmod and umask

I want to create a standard (non-administrator) user on my Mac, and ensure that they cannot access my files. Does the following make sense, and will there be any adverse consequences? sudo ...
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Create System Preferences URL to Privacy Files and Folders in 10.15 Catalina

In macOS you can create a link to the Automation section of the Privacy Pane in System Preferences by the following URL x-apple.systempreferences:com.apple.preference.security?Privacy_Automation ...
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OSX Can't remove microphone permission for one app “There was an error in security & privacy preferences”

I need to remove microphone permission for one app. But when I click to untick I get sent back to System Preferences with a pop up "There was an error in security & privacy preferences". All other ...
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Automation Item

in Mojave > System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy > Automation an Installer requires access to System Events. How to find out to which app this belongs and eventually (if wants to ...
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Apple Pencil app without any analytics or syncing or network use

I am looking for an Apple Pencil app that does not go to the internet for any reason. I want the convenience of the Apple Pencil. I don’t want data syncing of any sort Same with any analytics The ...
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possible malware called FISE in Accessibility (Privacy & Security)

I checked my Mac's security and privacy and noticed this entry FISE. When I click Show in Finder nothing happens. I've googled around and found no mention of it at all outside of spammy sites. Before ...
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Open System Preferences/Privacy/Full Disk Access with url

I can open System Preferences/Privacy/Automation on Mojave with the URL x-apple.systempreferences:com.apple.preference.security?Privacy_Automation What is the equivalent to open Full Disk Access? ...
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Authorship for scripts in Shortcuts app

Do the scripts that I create in iOS Shortcuts app contain information on who created them? If so, is there a way to share a shortcut I created without disclosing my authorship? Does it depend on how ...
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If you give your iPhone + Passcode to someone, what harmful things could they do to your data/privacy/security?

Assume you give your iPhone (iOS 12.2) + passcode to someone (e.g. teacher, law enforcement, airport security, etc.) for several hours, and then they give you your iPhone back. Assume the person is ...
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Privacy and Google Apps for iOS

I have installed Google's apps to view online spreadsheets on a new iOS device. I then receive an email from Google: "Your new Device doesn't have the latest Google apps". While I understand and ...
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Why is the MS To-Do App adding things to my reminders, and how do I stop it?

I have a corporate Office 365 account for work and have the Microsoft To-Do app installed to manage work related things. When I add a task, it seems to be added to my iOS reminders: I haven’t given ...
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What are the verifiable privacy features macOS provides?

Being tired of reading new privacy issues affecting Windows, release after release, and OEMs introducing their own privacy-breaking software (or vulnerability - such as the recent Dell remote ...
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Unable to completely uninstall Zoom meeting app

I am unable to completely uninstall the Zoom meeting app from my Mac running macOS Mojave. I once installed the Zoom meeting app. Then I deleted it from Applications directory. Now, every-time I open ...
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Disabled always use location for Google Maps, but I still get “Google Maps is using your location”

So basically, here are my settings for Google Maps for iOS (running on an iPhone): As can be seen Location is set to While Using, and Background App Refresh is turned off. But, still when I exit ...
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automating “Reset Advertising Identifier” is it possible?

I want to use osascript or some other way to automate "Reset Advertising Identifier" is it possible?
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Which iPhone app is connecting to e.crashlytics.com?

My iPhone tries to connect to e.crashlytics.com several hundred times a day (and this is just the time it is connect to my wifi), according to my Pi-hole. How can I identify the app that tries to ...
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iOS Hidden Photos: Keep albums from showing up in apps?

The hidden album on iOS is convenient, but how can you prevent the album and thumbnail from showing up in apps like Twitter or Instagram when tapping to open the album selector?
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Root User Can't run Files Off Desktop or Documents? Mojave 10.14.3

Anybody else have this issue with root in Mojave (10.14.3)? I have root enabled and I try to run a simple .txt/.png/.pkg off the root desktop. It doesn’t run, I get an error in Console “Unable to load ...
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Is there command to grant Full Disk Access for specific application?

You can allow an application to access data if you change settings in Security & Privacy → Privacy → Full Disk Access. Is there command to accomplish the same in terminal?
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Developing an app for offline music - violate Apple’s policy?

I recently felt motivated to start working on an app for offline music. I will be using YouTube API to let users search for songs and list suggestions, the option to play those songs and save them for ...
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Disable “Share Mac Analytics” with defaults command?

I'm trying to disable all analytics feature with the defaults command: Any ideas?
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Self-Renewing 'Automation' virus redirects Safari and Chrome through ads to bing. Renews through a memory alert

Running macOS 10.14.2. Safari 12.0.1. Symptoms: Safari redirects searches through proxy to bing Chrome redirects searches through proxy to bing In Privacy Settings, under Automation "Finder" with no ...
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Apps won't add to Security & Privacy Mac

I recently carried all my apps over to a newly installed SSD. When I go to open Bettersnaptool or popclip (apps that need to have control of the computer) I'm told to allow them to but when I do ...
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How to get Safari Intelligent Tracking Prevention

How can I get Apple's Intelligent Tracking Prevention in Safari Web browser? Is it dependent on my Safari version, my macOS version, or both? If so, which versions?
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How to revoke the Health App's permissions to Messages

Under Privacy -> Health the App Messages is listed as an App accessing my Health data, and in the Health App, Massages is listed as a Source. How do I revoke those permissions? And is there a way ...
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How to reinstall Viber with no connection with my previous Viber usage?

I used to use Viber on iPhone for a while with one set of Viber credentials. Now I want to reinstall Viber on the same device "erasing its memory" completely: to use it with completely different ...
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Disable tracking location by app, and other privacy features

I own a macbook and a old Android phone that needs to be replaced. To protect my privacy i had installed X-Privacy on my phone. Among other things, this allowed me to turn off location tracking by ...
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Stripping metadata from shared albums in photos doesn't seem to work?

I have shared albums set up in photos for mac (mojave) and in the preferences of photos i have the box "include location information for published items" UNTICKED. I obviously own the albums and my ...
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How can I report an app that contains ads but didn't provide a privacy policy url to Apple?

How can I report an app that contains ads but didn't provide a privacy policy url to Apple? I have tried to google myself, but I couldn't find a way to report it.
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macOS removing my internal HDD from the prevent spotlight-search-menu under system preferences>privacy automatically

I don't use spotlight so I added my internal HDD into the exception/privacy/do-not-index option under privacy tab in system preferences. Now, the problem: each and every time I log in to my mac I don'...
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How can I see everything authorized to use my Apple ID?

Does Apple only provide you with information about what devices are currently signed into your Apple ID account? Is it possible and how can I see all devices, computers, Home Sharing, Audible ...
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Turn on Location Services for an app via command line (macOS)

I am trying to enable Location Services for an individual app such as Weather.app etc via command line for High Sierra and Mojave macOS computers. I was able to enable Location Services at the top ...
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Remove Google Maps Account History [duplicate]

I have a simple question regarding Google Maps. I am not signed in with Google, and don't use their services anymore, yet, when I start Google Maps I get the following: How can I completely eliminate ...
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Prevent admin/Jamf Pro from accessing/deleting 2nd partition

The company I work for wants to install Jamf Pro on my "work" Macbook. I want to create a 2nd partition on my Macintosh HD (with its own Mac OS version) for personal use. If Jamf Pro is installed on ...
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How can I troubleshoot Security & Privacy issues with Mojave?

Mojave has expanded macOS's sandboxing rules for files and devices. When an application needs to use the camera or microphone, the user is supposed to get a prompt the first time to authorize it. ...
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Can I rename the “Pictures” folder without “Full Disk Access”?

Our application needs write access to the user's Home directory, specifically to Pictures, Movies, Music, etc., so it can redirect them to our cloud support. But, on Mojave, renaming Pictures (to some ...
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'tmutil listbackups' doesn't work with tmux in Mojave

I've tried to list past TM backups while running in a tmux session, but the solution described in this question doesn't seem to work on macOS Mojave any longer: root@nomi ~> tmutil listbackups The ...
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iTerm2 - Accessibility and Full Disk Access

Just installed iTerm2 and it asked me change some settings in Security & Privacy of macOS. At the moment I gave "Full Disk Access". Under "Accessibility" I see iTerm2 listed but without the ...
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Give local PHP Full Disk Access in Mojave

I have a PHP webpage running on the local apache installation. The page uses shell_exec to access the messages/chat.db via sqlite3. shell_exec("sudo -u ben sqlite3 ~/Library/messages/chat.db \"...
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App has photo access, but I never allowed it to access photos

I have a to do list app installed that allows you to add a profile photo. I added the image without ever being asked for access to my photos. To my understanding, apps that can view your photos ...
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On managed Macs, how much can the admin see?

I have a Macbook that was given to me by my employer. The Macbook is managed by them as I can see the installed profiles. These profiles control things like how/when to set up my password, apps that ...