Kashmir Hill went 6 weeks without the big 5 tech giants (Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Apple). It seems you basically have to become a level 5 vegan especially if you also avoid anything hosted/using their cloud services (e.g. AWS, Azure, GCloud).
In retrospect I must admit, I was wondering why my TUAW news feed had dried out … when it started spewing Engadget junk, I knew something was wrong. A quick Internet search confirmed my fears: TUAW is no more, AOL killed it. :'(
— Riyad Preukschas (@riyadpr) March 22, 2015
It looks like Apple “needs” to upload even your unsaved documents to its servers to make the newly introduced Continuity “feature” work.
Also it seems Apple silently uploads names and email addresses of all the people you correspond with–no, not only the ones in your address book–just to have a “consistent” experience when displaying recent addresses.
It scares me how little their customer’s privacy must be worth when they choose (these are not accidental data “leaks”) to silently violate them in order to provide comfort features.
It seems there is at least a hidden configuration option to turn this behavior off:
defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSDocumentSaveNewDocumentsToCloud -bool false
OS X Yosemite seems to have gained the feature to “phone home” when you do spotlight searches. It’ll send search terms and your location data to Apple’s servers. Of course it’s perfectly in line with Apple’s recent “trust us, we won’t collect unnecessary data” rhetoric.
[…] Ashkan Soltani, an independent researcher and consultant, confirmed the behavior, labeling it “probably the worst example of ‘privacy by design’ I’ve seen yet.” Users don’t even have to search to give up their privacy. Apple immediately sends the user’s location to the company, according to Soltani.
You can turn it off, but it’s on by default.
Just got my update notification for Android 4.1.2.
Well, Apple fan boys would say “It’s an improvement. It definitely *feels* faster.” 😛