Welcome to the future. Purchase your own surveillance devices and repeat after Big Brother: “I am free”.
Apple will start collecting an ‘abstracted summary’ of your phone calls and emails in an attempt to fight fraud.
The new provision applies to both iOS and tvOS devices, according to VentureBeat, which first spotted the change.
The provision says: 'To help identify and prevent fraud, information about how you use your device, including the approximate number of phone calls or emails you send and receive, will be used to compute a device trust score when you attempt a purchase.
‘The submissions are designed so Apple cannot learn the real values on your device. The scores are stored for a fixed time on our servers,’ it continues.
A key detail in the provision notes that Apple won’t examine the contents of calls or emails, but will only collect an ‘abstract summary’ of the data.
It also won’t sit on Apple’s servers forever.
Still, the provision has attracted attention over the mere suggestion of Apple tracking users’ phone calls and emails.