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Thursday, December 07, 2023

Unidentified governments are surveilling smartphone users via their apps' push notifications, a U.S. senator warned on Wednesday.

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... In a letter to the Department of Justice, Senator Ron Wyden said foreign officials were demanding the data from Alphabet's (GOOGL.O) Google and Apple (AAPL.O). Although details were sparse, the letter lays out yet another path by which governments can track smartphones.

Apps of all kinds rely on push notifications to alert smartphone users to incoming messages, breaking news, and other updates. These are the audible "dings" or visual indicators users get when they receive an email or their sports team wins a game. What users often do not realize is that almost all such notifications travel over Google and Apple's servers.

That gives the two companies unique insight into the traffic flowing from those apps to their users, and in turn puts them "in a unique position to facilitate government surveillance of how users are using particular apps," Wyden said. He asked the Department of Justice to "repeal or modify any policies" that hindered public discussions of push notification spying.

In a statement, Apple said that Wyden's letter gave them the opening they needed to share more details with the public about how governments monitored push notifications.

"In this case, the federal government prohibited us from sharing any information," the company said in a statement. "Now that this method has become public we are updating our transparency reporting to detail these kinds of requests."

Google said that it shared Wyden's "commitment to keeping users informed about these requests."

The Department of Justice did not return messages seeking comment on the push notification surveillance or whether it had prevented Apple of Google from talking about it. ...


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2023-12-06 02:00 PM | Reply

If you have not already figured out you carry your own personal spy with you everywhere you go, and pay for that out of your own pocket, with a cell phone then there is no hope you will ever realize that. There have been so many times that these sorts of operations have been uncovered, with one after another being questioned about invasion of privacy and disregard for the 4th amendment. The government as well as major corporations hide it as best they can til sooner or later it is uncovered. Sometimes it is shut down, sometimes it's such a gray area there is no law there to prevent it. Technology is always a head of the law.

#2 | Posted by BBQ at 2023-12-06 05:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

@#2 ... Technology is always a head of the law. ...

Yup.

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2023-12-06 05:50 PM | Reply

We are in some industrial nationwide surveillance reality.

Everyone is being watched.

1984 fr

#4 | Posted by fresno500 at 2023-12-07 10:37 AM | Reply

We need a similar to European Internet rights for citizens.

It's the wild wild west in USA, all slanted to corporations to legally catalog us without us having ANY recourse.

#5 | Posted by fresno500 at 2023-12-07 10:44 AM | Reply

@#5 ... We need a similar to European Internet rights for citizens. ...

That would be a good start...

#6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2023-12-07 03:17 PM | Reply

"Senator Ron Wyden said foreign officials were demanding the data from Alphabet's (GOOGL.O) Google and Apple (AAPL.O). Although details were sparse, the letter lays out yet another path by which governments can track smartphones."

You're supposed to ask the actual Platform Notification Services.

#7 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2023-12-08 08:19 AM | Reply

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