New Mac Update Leaves Users No Room to Escape Data Collection

New Mac Update Leaves Users No Room to Escape Data Collection


Apple’s most recent update, Big Sur, makes a feature that logs device activity for offline (and online) applications practically impossible for privacy solutions to bypass The monitoring is yet another example of Apple’s privacy-compromising design choices, despite the company’s efforts to present itself as a privacy ally. VPNs and other firewalls cannot circumvent the feature.  Security researchers suggest that users who care about their digital privacy explore other, open-source alternatives. 

On Nov. 12, Mac users complained their computers were acting sluggish. This sluggishness coincided with the release of Big Sur, the latest Mac update fro Apple. 

After the update was released, a technical error disrupted the servers Apple uses for OCSP requests, the packets of data that verify a computer’s SSL certificate when it accesses online applications. Apple devices were shutting down because these OCSP requests weren’t reaching Apple servers

As some users looked closer, it became very clear why the devices failed

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