Apple iPad

Apple iPad

Apple $329 - $999
Wi-Fi Bluetooth

Review date: 11/02/2020

Ah, the iPad. The tablet that changed how we watch TV in bed, how children eat dinner at restaurants, and how our parents take pictures. From the little iPad Mini to the 12.9 inch iPad Pro, there is likely no easier to use computer device known to the human race.

What could happen if something goes wrong

Apple does a good job with privacy and security. They don't share or sell your data and Apple takes special care to make sure your Siri requests aren't associated with you.However, say you set your iPad up with a passcode rather than fingerprint TouchID. Your kid could sneak and learn the passcode to your iPad, then login while you're not looking and watch enough YouTube videos to turn their brain to mush. Hey, don't tell us that's never happened!

Privacy

Can it snoop on me?

Camera

Device: Yes

App: N/A

Microphone

Device: Yes

App: N/A

Tracks Location

Device: Yes

App: N/A

What is required to sign up?

What data does it collect?

How can you control your data?

You can request that data be deleted. You can go to https://privacy.apple.com/ to get a copy of your data, correct your data, or delete your account.

What is the company’s known track record for protecting users’ data?

Great

They actually changed their Siri voice recording review practices—from an opt out to an opt-in—when people told them they were unhappy having contractors listen to the recordings. Good for them!

Can this product be used offline?

Yes

User friendly privacy information?

Yes

Links to privacy information

Security

Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?

Yes

Encryption

Yes

Uses encryption in transit and at rest. After Apple recognizes the words “Hey Siri,” what you say is encrypted and associated with a random identifier without being tied to your Apple ID. Audio samples are only retained if you have opted-in.

Strong password

Yes

Security updates

Yes

Manages vulnerabilities

Yes

Apple has a bug bounty program, which means that anyone who finds a security issue and discloses it responsibly may get paid. https://developer.apple.com/security-bounty/

Privacy policy

Yes

Apple has a webpage highlighting its privacy principles and features. Apple begins its privacy policy with a statement of principles. While this statement is very long, it is clearly broken out into relevant topics.

Artificial Intelligence

Does the product use AI?

Yes

Does the AI use your personal data to make decisions about you?

No

Does the company allow users to see how the AI works?

Yes

Apple employs machine learning in many different ways, from using it to to improve Siri to using it to sharpen the photos that you take. Apple states in its privacy policy, "Apple does not take any decisions involving the use of algorithms or profiling that significantly affect you." Some of its research can be found at https://machinelearning.apple.com/

Company contact info

Phone Number

(800) 275–2273

Twitter

applesupport

Updates

Apple’s AI plan: a thousand small conveniences
James Vincent
AI has become an integral part of every tech company’s pitch to consumers. Fail to hype up machine learning or neural networks when unveiling a new product, and you might as well be hawking hand-cranked calculators. This can lead to overpromising. But judging by its recent WWDC performance, Apple has adopted a smarter and quieter approach.
Improving Siri’s privacy protections
Apple
At Apple, we believe privacy is a fundamental human right. We design our products to protect users’ personal data, and we are constantly working to strengthen those protections. This is true for our services as well. Our goal with Siri, the pioneering intelligent assistant, is to provide the best experience for our customers while vigilantly protecting their privacy.

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