Apple has implemented a deadline for when it will reject apps that access devices’ unique device identifier numbers, or UDIDs. Apple has been phasing out the 40-character string of letters and numbers over the last year, yet according to a post on Apple’s Developers site yesterday, this appears to be the final word: Any new apps or app updates that access UDIDs will not be accepted beginning May 1.

In a letter to the chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, Jay Inslee (D-Wash.) expressed concerns regarding recent revelations that Apple products have been continuously tracking and recording user location information with questionable consent and without an easy way to opt out of such tracking.

The ongoing controversy over a hidden feature in Apple iPhones that tracks and stores the whereabouts of the phone became a bit murkier, after an analysis by the Wall Street Journal found that Apple may not be abiding by its own user privacy agreement by continuing to  track its customers’ whereabouts even after location services on its iPhones have been.

From The Last Watchdog (Byron Acohido)

How much time should vendors of popular technology be given to fix a known security flaw? That’s the central question of the “full disclosure” debate – and one that is being tested again via Karsten Nohl’s campaign to compile a decryption handbook useful for eavesdropping on transmissions from AT&T and Tmobile phones, including iPhones and GPhones.

Nohl, a computer science PhD candidate from the University of Virginia, is calling for the global community of hackers to crack the encryption used on GSM phones. He plans to compile this work into a code book that can be used to eavesdrop on conversations and data transfers to and from GSM phones. Read the full story [lastwatchdog.com]

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