This has been asserted, and it is the subject of the lawsuit I mentioned, but there is absolutely no indication of this, and the evidence was circumstantial to begin with, and later proved not to be personal data collection. It should have been suspected not to be initially, because the data is too small to be anything personal.Apple prevented certain data from being collected by 3rd party companies like Google or Facebook because it gives them an advantage with their own data collection network, while at the same time being marketable to customers as a security feature.
Yeah some of your info gets shared, especially if you use a picture sharing site. Can't begin to tell you how many of my photos show up in Google searches and other search engines from the photobucket days. Once it's at those places Katy bar the door.
No offense intended to you, Olumin, and I really appreciate you giving this perspective, but your argument is vague and unconvincing. Fundamentally, it is a hasty generalization of the form "all big business does this, Apple is big business, so Apple does this," basically a corporate boogie man argument. We know that for Google's and Facebook's (and others') business model to even work, it must be centered around collecting personal data and online tracking so that online targeted advertisement can function.Big-tech collects user & device data not just for advertising purposes but also primarily for market and customer research aswell as training & improving various services, algorithms or virtual assistants. Data is incredibly valuable for this purpose. Apple also does provide access of certain data to 3rd party apps or service providers for the same reasons, this is, in effect, selling data.
I use an iPhone because of its simple & intuitive UI aswell as its reliable hardware, but not for security reasons. Apple isnt evil, but as a major, publicly traded company its responsibility lies in its profitability, not in its users data security.
I do however implore everyone not to put too much trust in big tech companies, or any big companies for that matter. Remember that a business's biggest priority is profit (as without it, there is no business). If more profit can be made or your market share increased, then it will be done, even at the expense of the customer. At least as long as they can get away with it. This is just the universal state of affairs, for better or worse. Assuming anything else is a bit native.