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(Reuters) – Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O) on Wednesday published a new paper describing the technical details of how some of the privacy features in its latest operating system update.
The white papers are similar to the security guide that Apple will have to publish to the iOS operating system that powers the iphone. They will cover the Apple’s photo app, and the Safari web browser, location-based services on mobile devices, a new service, to sign into third-party apps, introduced this year, which will compete with similar services from Facebook Inc’s (FB.And Alphabet, Inc. ‘ s (GOOGL.(O) Security Of Your Network.
Apple does not publish the code for the operating system, or software to ensure data privacy and security, researchers used the descriptions to publish in order to gain an understanding of how the systems work.
In the papers, Apple described the new sign-in system to try to prevent the creation of fake accounts, in-app, can be a problem for almost all of the app developers that take on new meaning with the advent of bots on social networks.
The company uses machine-learning technology that analyzes whether or not the user of the device in a “normal, everyday behavior, such as moving from one place to another, send messages, and receive e-mails, or take photos,” Apple said.
That gives us a numerical rating of the Apple, combined with the data from the servers, to lead to, an evaluation will be sent to the developer’s account, however, if you are a real user.
Apple has the steps it has taken to cut off app, developers that work around the rules. For example, even when the users have turned off location-based services that make use of the iPhone and it’s GPS chip, the app developers will be able to scan for Wi-Fi networks and Bluetooth-enabled devices and approximate location of the user. Developers will now have to ask for permission to use Bluetooth access points, for example, and then explain why that’s necessary, company’s tour guides, said.
The company has tried to market the engineering approach to privacy is significantly different from that of its competitors. It has both implicitly and explicitly, criticism of competitors, Google and Facebook, both of which are based on the data collected from the users of fuel in the advertising business.
The leaders of the two rivals, having said that, they have to take measures to protect user data, while using them to help keep their services free of charge or at low cost to millions of people. Google’s Chief Executive, Sundar Pichai, said in the New York Times op-ed piece, that ” privacy is not a luxury only being offered to people who are unable to afford to purchase high-quality goods.”
Report by Stephen Nellis in San Francisco; Editing by Bernadette Baum