Apple Allows Uber To Spy On Screen And Data Access With Back Door Entitlement
As being reported by Business Insider, Apple has granted Uber access to sesitive features in Apple systems such as camera, data and screen.
Business Insider: Uber’s iPhone app has a secret back door to powerful Apple features, allowing the ride-hailing service to potentially record a user’s screen and access other personal information without their knowledge.
This access to special iPhone functions — which are so powerful that Apple almost always keeps them off-limits to outside companies — is not disclosed in any consumer-facing information included with Uber’s app.
Although there is no evidence that Uber used its access to take advantage of the iPhone features, the revelation that the app has access to privileged Apple code raises important questions for a company already under investigation for other controversial business practices.
Uber told Business Insider the code was not being used and was essentially a vestige of an earlier version of its Apple Watch app.
However, it has set off alarm bells among experts.
“Granting such a sensitive entitlement to a third party is unprecedented, as far as I can tell — no other app developers have been able to convince Apple to grant them entitlements they’ve needed to let their apps utilize certain privileged system functionality,” Will Strafach, a security researcher who discovered the situation, told Business Insider.