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Can someone who registered my iPhone read all my text messages?

Will he be able to read all of my iPhone's text messages? Yes. If he has an iPad, Mac, or iPhone hooked up to the same iCloud account as you use on your iPhone, then all of the texts you receive will ...
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Remove recent documents history?

It is generated by Spotlight (see the second post on this link: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/1071627?tstart=0) You can make it so that nothing shows up (aka deactivating it) by doing the ...
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Change accessibility setting on Mac using terminal

klanomath's answer looks good, but if you're like me and aren't as familiar with SQL, want more granular control (enabling/disabling individual apps instead of all at once), or want a clearer ...
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iTerm2 - Accessibility and Full Disk Access

If you want to access special directories/files such as ~/Library/Application Support/AddressBook or ~/Pictures/Photos Library.photoslibrary, yes you need to give Full Disk Access to iTerm2. If don't, ...
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To what degree is Siri listening?

Your asked about the trust-worthiness of an algorithm. The answer to your question is a firm and absolute "No" - users can not rely on the algorithm to not record/send conversations or other private ...
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App blocking access if I don't allow tracking

The only solution I found, in order to get the European COVID pass on my iPhone, is to download the certificate from the Government Health Portal (EESZT) and then add it to the Apple Wallet thanks to ...
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How do I reset Screen Recording permission on macOS Catalina?

You need to use tccutil to manage the privacy database -- this involves opening the Terminal and using the command line! If you know the bundle ID of the app you're trying to use, you can use this ...
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Privacy: what personal data does Apple share with an app developer, when I buy an app?

No personal data is shared with an app developer on app purchase. The aggregate information available for app units in iTunes Connect App Analytics is: Purchase date (no more granularity available ...
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Securely deleting data in iOS

You are set since Apple only uses the passphrase to help generate entropy on the actual key that's used to unlock the data. Apple wrote a very clear white paper that covers the protections and goes ...
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Unable to completely uninstall Zoom meeting app

Apple will remove this for you if you have enabled keep system files updated. https://eclecticlight.co/2019/07/10/apple-has-pushed-an-update-to-mrt-to-remove-zooms-hidden-web-server/ sudo ...
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To what degree is Siri listening?

The answer is it is always listening. The recent article in the Guardian, of the former apple contractor, demonstrates precisely why the best option for you is to disable Siri all together if you want ...
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Is there a way to prevent a bad actor from using your AirTag to track you?

Airtag's don't work that way: Others are not alerted to your Airtag immediately or likely at all, since it is with you. And no one can register your Airtag until you de-register it. Airtag's are ...
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How to remove Calendar event without the sender's notification

I found this free workaround over on Superuser. Basically, you disable networking, delete the event, then delete the notification from email: Turn off networking on your Mac Delete the event from ...
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Unable to completely uninstall Zoom meeting app

Idea #1 - clearing out files I noticed even after clearing out all the files that matched my find queries. find all files $ find . -type f |&grep -iE "zoom|zoom.us" find all directories $ ...
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To what degree is Siri listening?

We can only tell you what Apple publicly states. Can you rely on it, well that's entirely up to you. IMO, I trust Apple and Microsoft orders of magnitude more than I do Google, Facebook, Twitter, et ...
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Are there privacy risks in sharing the MacOS .DS_Store files?

Unless you have specifically included private information in those files, then no, it usually not considered a privacy risk to share them. .DS_Store files contain metadata attributes that Finder want ...
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Is it possible to programmatically (or in machine-readable form) get location data from an AirTag?

Yes, it is possible to do so via a private API - however it is a bit of a "hack" as this is not officially supported by Apple. You can find an open source implementation of using the private ...
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How to stop com.apple.metadata:kMDItemWhereFroms attribute from being saved in files downloaded from browser?

There's no setting in Google Chrome that disables the metadata from being saved. It is done by Google Chrome itself - it's not something that is forced on it by the operating system or anything like ...
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How do I ensure my Mac is not sending data to Apple or programmers

You can: Go to System Preferences > Security & Privacy. Select the Privacy tab. Choose Diagnostic & Usage from the list on the left. Make sure the 2 checkboxes on the right are clear. You ...
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How can users find out or download what information Apple has about them?

Apple does in fact provide such a service, although it's not yet an instant1 download scenario like what is offered by Facebook and Google. To access the information Apple currently has about you, ...
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Is there any way an iOS app can access the mic/camera without the user's knowledge?

The first attempt by any app to access the microphone or camera will cause an OS-level confirmation dialog to grant permission. This adds the app to that list with the ability to grant/revoke the ...
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Does the presence of Diagnostic Data mean someone unauthorized is checking my phone?

Nobody is watching your phone (at least from this specific point). The setting you are talking about is called Diagnostics & Usage. It looks like this: It explicitly says what it does: Help ...
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Tell git not to use my GitHub account (Keychain) for public repositories - it's a privacy issue

Add the variable HOMEBREW_NO_GITHUB_API to your environment. For example add this to your .bash_profile to turn off "once for all": export HOMEBREW_NO_GITHUB_API=1 or put it in front of the brew ...
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Is it possible to bypass the login password?

I just did it on my MacBook Air with macOS Sierra 10.12.3 (latest macOS as of 02/2017) and that is indeed actually how it can be done. As Tetsujin wisely points out, if you have the machine in your ...
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Does iOS app developer have access to my iCloud billing info?

No, the iOS app developers do not have access to your billing info. When an app is sold through the App Store, the third party developer does not get access to the credit card number, first or last ...
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`AppleCamera` used by Google Chrome even with all extensions+apps disabled/tabs closed

You have presumed too much from the software's name. The CoreMediaIO Device Abstraction Layer (DAL) Apple.Camera.plugin does not control the camera, and wouldn't know how to control it even if you ...
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Open System Preferences/Privacy/Full Disk Access with url

x-apple.systempreferences:com.apple.preference.security?Privacy_AllFiles You can list all the available anchors for the pane by opening the pane and running the AppleScript tell application "System ...
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Create System Preferences URL to Privacy Files and Folders in 10.15 Catalina

List of URLs for reference (*updated for macOS Catalina & Mojave): Accessibility Preference Pane Main x-apple.systempreferences:com.apple.preference.universalaccess Display x-apple....
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Why is Google Chrome not seen in the Screen Recording Options in Security and Privacy settings

Visit https://meet.google.com/ Start a meeting, then cast your screen Then you'll prompt the permission window. After that, it'll appear in the Screen Recording section.
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