SAN FRANCISCO (BLOOMBERG) – Apple came under fire on Monday (Oct 14) for sending web browsing data, including IP addresses, to China’s Tencent Holdings, the latest criticism of how the company operates in the world’s most populous nation. Apple sends data to Tencent as part of an iPhone and iPad security feature that warns users if a website is malicious or unsafe before they load it. The US company checks addresses against an existing list of sites known to be problematic. That list is maintained by Tencent for users in mainland China and by Google for other regions, including in the US. In newer versions of Apple’s iOS operating systems, the company says this feature “may also log your IP address,” potentially providing Tencent, a Chinese conglomerate with government ties, data such as a user’s location. “We deserve to be informed about this kind of change and to make choices about it,” Matthew Green, a cryptographer and professor at Johns Hopkins University, wrote in a recent blog. “Users should learn about these changes before Apple pushes the feature into production, and thus asks millions of their customers to trust them.” Apple said in a statement that the feature protects user… Read full this story
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