Apple has denied claims that the company's anti-malware software collects details of apps running on Mac devices, along with the devices' IP addresses, which contain city and country identifiers. The clarification has come in light of a heated debate around privacy concerns within the Apple ecosystem, as alleged by German security researcher Jeffery Paul in a recent blog post. Paul, in a blog post titled "Your Computer Isn't Yours", had alleged that Apple's Gatekeeper feature, which ensures that a user's Man runs only software that is pre-approved by Apple, collects IP addresses. This software allows Apple to stop an app from running on its devices if its developer's certificate is revoked. In theory, this feature allows Apple to stop users from installing malware on their devices. But, according to Paul, Gatekeeper gives Apple a lot more information than the company is letting on. 'Unique hash for each app': The latest version of macOS (Big Sur), Paul said, collects a hash (unique identifier) of "each and every program you run, when you run it". Additionally, Apple has access to the user's IP address, and hence, geographical location. "Apple (or anyone else) can, of course, calculate these hashes for common programs: everything in the App Store, the Creative Cloud, Tor Browser, cracking or reverse engineering tools, whatever." 'Apple know how you use your apps': In continuation, Paul claimed that Apple has a very good idea of what apps its users are using, what devices they are using them from, and where they are using…
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