The Foreign-Requests Edition Sunday, September 6, 2020

Apple Opens Up — Slightly — On Hong Kong’s National Security Law, by Zack Whittaker, TechCrunch

When reached by TechCrunch, Apple did not say how many requests for user data it had received from Hong Kong authorities since the new national security law went into effect. But the company reiterated that it doesn’t receive requests for user content directly from Hong Kong. Instead, it relies on a long-established so-called mutual legal assistance treaty, allowing U.S. authorities to first review requests from foreign governments.

Why You Should Stop Sending Photos On Apple iMessage, by Zak Doffman, Forbes

As for the option to share photos directly from iMessage, Mysk warned that “the user gets a minimalistic view of their photos. This method does not show any warning if a photo has location info in it. It also doesn’t provide an option to remove location info from the photo. In other words, the user picks a photo and sends it to a contact without knowing that the photo has location information in its EXIF properties.. Many of my friends actually use this method for sharing photos in iMessages.”

Has Notarization Burned?, by Howard Oakley, The Eclectic Light Company

Does any of this mean that notarization is now useless, or has burned to death? If it were the sole means of protection against malware, of course it would. But macOS features a layered security system. Each layer, such as quarantine and first run checking, has its vulnerabilities and bypasses.

Bottom of the Page

Sad things keep happneing at work. Yes, there are sadder things happening around the world. But still, it is difficult for me to give myself permission to be happy. (Especially from Mondays to Fridays.)

Howerver, as I am being reminded again and again (thanks!), there are things that are beyond my control nor influence. Focus on the other things, the advice goes.

This week, I am going to try harder to give myself permission to receive joy. There are still plenty surrounding me. Definitely at home, but also at work.


Thanks for reading.