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Apple no longer among the twenty most trusted corporate names

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Apple no longer among the twenty most trusted corporate names
In 2012, Path was found to collect user's contact lists without permission
In 2012, Path was found to collect user's contact lists without permission

In 2012, Path was found to collect user's contact lists without permission

Amid all of the problems that Apple has faced over the last year, the result is that the public doesn't trust Apple as much as it once did. Now we're not saying that the public perceives Apple to be about as trustworthy as a used car salesman, because it still ranked at number 21 for 2012. But the company ranked inside the top ten at its peak, and has been dropping since. The list is put together by the Ponemon Institute and was led in 2012 by American Express, Hewlett Packard, Amazon, IBM and the U.S. Postal Service. Mozilla was ranked number twenty, just ahead of the Cupertino based manufacturer. 100,000 people were approached to take the survey with only 6,704 responses that could be used.

Back in 2009, Apple finished at number eight, slipping to 12th place in 2010 and hitting 15 the following year before dropping out of the top twenty for 2012. Last year, Apple did have some issues related to privacy. One app, "Path," was uploading users' address books without their permission. That led Apple to change its privacy policy, requiring express consent from a user before an app could obtain contact information. Apple also developed a new tracking tool for developers that lets them collect location data and preferences without collecting information that could identify the user. One iOS app, Clueful, which can detect when mobile software is taking private information, found that 42.5% of 65,000 popular iOS apps collected personal data without encrypting it and 41.4% can access user's locations without permission. 18.6% could obtain a user's contacts list and address book.

source:  AppleInsider

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posted on 29 Jan 2013, 10:47 8

1. mrblah (Posts: 240; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


*yawns* Slow news day so far lol

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 22:52 2

35. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


Haha! That is what you get for putting people's private info all open and what not!!!!!!

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 10:54 12

2. Aeires (unregistered)


Nothing a lawsuit can't fix.

Oh, wait.

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 10:54 11

3. tedkord (Posts: 3908; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Look, I know that Apple can't be trusted. But when I read that a poll collects 100,000 responses, but only uses 6,704, I have to question it's validity.

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 10:59 6

4. dan86 (Posts: 298; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)


Oh is it Apple? Then its no surprise.

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 13:34

24. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1059; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


Even Mozilla bat Apple.....Doing!

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 10:59

5. threed61 (Posts: 116; Member since: 27 May 2011)


HP? USPS?

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 11:03 4

6. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


Waaaiit for iiiiiiiit................................*points and laughs*

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 11:12 17

7. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5636; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Looks like people finally realize what kind of company Apple really is.

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 12:30 3

18. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 2846; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


A company that continues to pump out innovative devices that make a lot of money?

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 12:43 12

20. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5636; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Apple hadn't innovate anything. they just buy and design products

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 12:48 15

21. tedkord (Posts: 3908; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


How are you able to communicate with us from 2007?

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 12:56 6

22. Whateverman (Posts: 3158; Member since: 17 May 2009)


ROFLMAO!!!

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 03:38 1

37. bipinm (Posts: 122; Member since: 07 Oct 2012)


good one dude...rofl...

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 18:58 2

29. lyndon420 (Posts: 1638; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


When apple comes out with a new product and the only change will be the size of the logo on the back, we are confident that you will be in line.

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 19:41 3

31. jroc74 (Posts: 3959; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


One could argu their last real innovation was the iPhone 4 and maybe the iPad. Before that the orig iPhone...or the 3G.....

As for iOS...the orig iOS...and the one that took all those features other OS's had.

Apple is living off past innovations. Thats not a bad thing. Eventually.....some ppl want something new, fresh. RIM lived off past innovations for years...look how thats turning out.

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 11:35

40. ZeroCide (Posts: 677; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


There is no innovation from apple. and what ever there was was created by the RDF.

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 11:19 14

8. ilia1986 (unregistered)


To trust apple is like to trust an adult man dressed in an old-fashioned beige coat, with black gloves and a mustache - to babysit a 10 year old girl.

It's not just unwise. It's downright retarded.

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 11:29 7

11. kellkeezy (Posts: 57; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)


uhhh....wha...what just happened here?

I wear beige coats and black gloves, I also have a mustache

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 11:32 1

12. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Then you're probably not aware of this video..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cXDgFwE13g

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 11:19 4

9. raghav.ak (Posts: 12; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)


Shouldn't the Apple Maps be another reason?

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 11:25 5

10. Topcat488 (Posts: 1037; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


almost like the words of MC Hammer... "You cain't Trust This"...

I can't trust them?!?

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 11:32 6

13. D_Tech-tive (Posts: 104; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


So this is Apple after Steve Jobs...bet he's rolling in his grave.

Hey Apple try real variety, besides different colors or memory size!

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 19:06 2

30. lyndon420 (Posts: 1638; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Steve most likely is stewing...they weren't supposed to make a different sized ipad or iphone. Steve liked it better when his subjects were limited.

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 11:38 2

14. darkkjedii (Posts: 9262; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Apple tracking us like google does

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 11:48 11

15. MartyK (Posts: 669; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


Except Google give us free stuffs...Apple is a gold digger...lol

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 11:49 5

16. BadAssAbe (Posts: 434; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)


what do anyone expect?

iPhone5s that look and feel great but will get easily damaged and bent like a cheap paintjob on plastic(cheap pastic) but still charge everyone over 600 for a 16gb 4in phone that is still not HD

iPhone4s made to break

Even worse, trying to sue everyone instead of making better products

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 11:50 8

17. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


Apple = Polished turd

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 12:31

19. Ninetysix (Posts: 1071; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


"iPhone4s made to break"

Guess what the back of the Nexus 4 is made out of.

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 12:59 7

23. BadAssAbe (Posts: 434; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)


True but the
New Nexus 4 16GB cost $350 at launch
While
iPhone 4 or 4s 16 GB at launch cost $650

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 13:56 2

25. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


You mean... the bloom is finally off the rose? Ya dont say!

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 14:54 2

26. PhoneAddiction (Posts: 77; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)


Laws of nature/gravity.. What goes up, must come down!

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 15:27 1

27. networkdood (Posts: 5506; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Well, Duh, I could have told you this years ago...never tryst a corporation, especially one like Apple....Hey, Wendy, have you given more money to APPLE yet?

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 16:12 1

28. drnggaj33 (Posts: 127; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)


apple to apple sauce

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 19:43

32. jroc74 (Posts: 3959; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I am curious.....where does Google and MS rank? Nevernind,,,,went to AI and saw the pdf. Amazon is a good choice to be on the top ten. Shocked about Ebay....they must be cracking down of fake accounts, ppl getting scammed.

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 20:09

33. MC1123 (Posts: 1220; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


lol at HP being a trusted brand!

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 21:31

34. freebee269 (Posts: 496; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


apple AND google arent in the top 20. but microsoft is.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 00:28

36. gallitoking (Posts: 4630; Member since: 17 May 2011)


call the press!!! Apple is not on the top 20.. who cares really.. well only the haters care, because we the users don't.... thank you Apple for creating the ipad.. and the rest of the galaxy did transformed and took note...

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 07:26 2

38. jroc74 (Posts: 3959; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I take it that only negative news about Android is news worthy...or only positive news about Apple, right?

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 08:12

39. shuaibhere (Posts: 874; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


What about ipad mini????

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