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Apple may finally allow iPhone owners to set email or browsing apps other than Apple's own as their preferred defaults, according to a Bloomberg report from last week.
The big picture: Customers have long clamored for the ability to choose their preferred apps, and now Apple, like other big tech companies, finds itself under increased scrutiny over anything perceived as anticompetitive.
Driving the news:
By contrast, Android owners can choose which mail program, photo library or browser is used by default.
Flashback: Apple has long been on a different path from its rivals.
Apple's approach didn't irk regulators because the Mac had a tiny market share. But Apple adopted an even tighter approach with the debut of the iPhone in 2007.
Meanwhile: Apple has long had a significant share of the phone market, but not the majority, and regulators have generally allowed the company to set its own terms, despite some grumbling from rivals.
Yes, but: While Apple has generally maintained a tight grip on its platforms, especially iOS, it has been known to open things up a bit.
Between the lines: Apple has often held up its fussiness as a benefit to consumers.
The bottom line: Because it has always had such a tight hold on its platform, Apple appears to have room to appease some critics while still maintaining much of the control it desires.
Facebook is now offering users a feature that lets them see what data it has collected about their activities beyond Facebook. But a new report suggests Facebook is not providing complete data. Specifically, Privacy International says that not all the advertisers that have uploaded individual user data to Facebook are included.
Why it matters: As the report notes, without more complete information, it is hard for users to fully exercise their rights under the EU's GDPR and other privacy laws.
Details: Facebook finally released the "off-Facebook activity" download option to U.S. users in January after several delays. It had been testing the tool since last year.
Meanwhile: Facebook is offering $5 to some users for voice recordings in order to test speech recognition technology.
Advances in digital technology are likely to erode trust and harm democracy around the world between now and 2030, according to a plurality of tech experts surveyed for a new Pew Research report.
Why it matters: Online misinformation is already causing a mix of actual harm and widespread fears, and advances like deepfakes are likely to intensify the challenges citizens face.
Details: Pew asked nearly 1,000 "technology innovators, developers, business and policy leaders, researchers, and activists" what they thought the impact of various tech advances would be on society over the next decade.
Yes, but: Even many of those who didn't expect to see democracy being eroded had concerns.
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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said Sunday that it is banning employees from using the Chinese-owned app TikTok for social media outreach, according to AP. The move comes after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer sent the agency a letter raising security concerns, Axios' Ursula Perano reports.
The big picture: The app already has more than 110 million downloads in the U.S. alone, and some worry that it could become a tool for China to acquire troves of American data as tensions between the countries escalate. TikTok says it's fully independent of the Chinese government, and it stores all user data outside China.
Driving the news: Schumer sent a letter Saturday to TSA administrator David Pekoske citing a Department of Homeland Security rule banning the use of TikTok on agency devices.
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