In July of this year, Apple started the “Security Research Device Program”: The primary goal of the initiative is to provide security researchers with specially configured iPhones that do without certain security mechanisms and protective measures (see). In order to have access to this program, a number of requirements must be met: The applicant must be a registered developer with Apple – and prove that they have identified security gaps in the past.
As MacRumors reports that five months after the initiative was announced, the first security researchers will receive the prepared devices. The loan period for these iPhones is one year – but it can be extended if necessary. Anyone who is interested in the program and is not yet a participant will have to be patient: Applications were only possible until August 24th.
Some employees show little understanding for Facebook’s current campaign
In the future, iOS and iPadOS 14 will explicitly ask for the user’s consent to track their data across the boundaries of apps and websites. The announcement alone has already been controversially discussed, since then the headwind for this feature has not diminished – on the contrary: Facebook in particular emphasized several times that Apple’s commitment to data protection was only an advanced one – and that in truth there were profit interests behind this function. The company said in a blog post that Apple wanted to thin out advertising-financed offers – and replace them with paid apps. Cupertino is hurting small businesses in particular. In order to get this message across in the media, Facebook even launched advertisements in print media.
A report by BuzzFeed News According to some Facebook employees, they do not share this line of argument: For example, one of the employees said that the social network is not really about protecting small businesses. One engineer claims it feels like Facebook is hiding a bad thing behind compassionate messages. Other employees say that their employer’s campaign borders on hypocrisy. Apple’s anti-tracking feature is said to be used in early 2021.