This week’s topic, I selected is based on the recent discovery that Apple has not been deleting browsing history. Although, most of us are aware that anything dealing with the internet isn’t exactly ever deleted but I found this interesting. CEO, Vladimir Katalov of the Elcomsoft, Moscow firm discovered that it was possible to retrieve a PDF of your deleted browser history beyond a year. He came across this while testing the latest hacking tool to see his safari history on his iPhone. Thus, he discovered that Apple was storing consumer data in a secret cloud from iCloud, called “Tombstone”.
Katalov claimed “We have found that they stay in their cloud, probably forever,” records which are deleted from both iPhone and Mac interestingly were termed as “cleared” but not “deleted” in the Safari. I completely agree with the authors last remarks that Apple having that capability to keep/log user’s data in which they believe they have actually deleted, is a breach of trust. If they are going to continue this practice they most certainly should make their users’ aware what they are doing with their so called “deleted browsing history”.