Apple can't see the content of your iMessages, but can find out the contacts on your Messages app

Apple can't see the content of your iMessages, but can find out the contacts on your Messages app
When you send out a message using Apple's iMessage, the good news is that Apple does not have a panel that reads all of the messages you have sent out looking for grammatical errors, inside information and embarrassing innuendo. But there is something that Apple does do that might get you a little ticked off.

When you try to contact someone through the Messages app, it pings Apple's servers to make sure that the recipient of the message has an iMessage account. Because of this, Apple does find out who you are trying to get a message to, and whether they have an iMessage account. And if that isn't enough to make you feel as though your privacy has been violated, the tech titan gets to learn the date and time that your contact was pinged. Also logged is the IP address that the request came from.

And yes, Apple does delete the information. But not until the info is kept on a log for 30 days. Apple can be asked to turn this information over to law enforcement if requested to do so via a court order.

Any name entered as a contact on an iPhone can be discovered in the way we outlined above. The company does makes it clear though, that a legitimate subpoena or court order is the only way that this information sees the light of day.


source: TheVerge

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9 Comments

1. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Omg.... Ofcourse they need to know it. Why the hell do you try and make a case of every single little thing. How can you contact someone through imessage if Apples imessage servers cannot know who you want to contact? This is the same thing with the TV s that listen to people. How the hell are they gonna react to people if they are not allowed to listen to you. Sometimes some people are too stupid.......

2. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Every messaging App has some way of finding out info on you and the people you talk to in some way. Apple's is probably one of the least intrusive considering they only get the info that they have if its and iMessage. Of course your carrier gets the SMS and probably all of it lol.

3. kiko007

Posts: 7518; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Breaking news : "The US postal service know where you live". They even read the envelope before delivering it to you. SCANDAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! More at 11/s

4. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Consequence of technology, there is no way you can move forward or personalise life with technology without the cooperations gaining data on you. It's a catch 22 situation. But at the end of the day, it's on you to provide the information, if you hate Google, Apple and Ms having access to your data, don't use them. I know it's not really that simple as you might need to use them for Uni or Work and such, but at least you can limit what you give them. I trust Apple, Google and Ms, I have zero problems with them having my data, facebook on the other hand, I don't trust at all, I don't use any of their apps and keep my interactions to just the essential.

5. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Well, at least they don't go through your personal messages and cater ads to you based on what you talk about.

6. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Run to defend apple ifanboys.

9. ZEUS.the.thunder.god

Posts: 1138; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I`m an Android/Google fan but I don`t see any issue here. Don`t troll and start flame wars here.

7. Fona13A unregistered

Then I'm guessing the same people who make a case of Google or Microsoft doing things like this, praise Apple for it...

8. ZEUS.the.thunder.god

Posts: 1138; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Though not an Apple fan but I don`t see an issue here. Apple can`t serve customers without having their info. This whole privacy issue is blown out of proportions. AI is the future whether we like it or not and its not possible without these companies collecting our data. As an Android fan I totally support Apple.

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