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Apple Is Sneaking Something Very Creepy Into Their New iOS Updates

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When Orwell penned 1984, the dystopian novel that was meant to be a hyperbolic commentary on the way the British government produced propaganda and conducted surveillance, he couldn’t have possibly imagined just how advanced data collection technology could have become over the following seven decades.

And he certainly couldn’t have imagined that we’d be willingly paying for our own “telescreens” to carry around in our pocket and record everything we say and everywhere we go.

While most of our attention lately has been on the social media tech giants, Apple has quietly added something to their software agreements that will give most people chills.

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When you update your iOS, you will now be agreeing to the establishment of a “trust score” to be determined based on your device usage.

Yes, really.

The Blaze reports:

Apple has quietly introduced “trust scores” that will be assigned based on how users use their iPhones and other devices, Venture Beat reported.

The scores are derived by tracking the number of calls and emails made on Apple devices, an update to the company’s privacy policy states.

Apple claims the content of the communications is not used, and it can’t tell whom you called or what was said on the calls, Business Insider reported.

The score’s only stated purpose is to detect fraud. Apple did not provide specific examples of how this would work.

The provision appears in the iTunes Store & Privacy windows of iOS and tvOS devices:

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.

Venture Beat noted that the provision is unusual partly because it includes Apple TVs, which are not used to make calls or send emails.

“As such, it’s unclear how Apple computes the device trust score for iTunes purchases made through Apple TVs, but there’s other potential ‘information about how you use your device’ that could be scraped and abstracted,” the report states.

Various published reports also noted that the wording in the policy could allow for a broad interpretation.

“The method is reminiscent of an episode of the dystopian TV series ‘Black Mirror,’ in which people are rated on their interactions with other people,” the Independent reported. “In the episode, ‘Nosedive,’ the ratings are used to determine a person’s socioeconomic status, affecting their access to health care, transport and housing.”

To mix up my references to classic dystopian literature about tyrannical post-Western societies, we truly are living in a brave new world.

 

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Francis Filets Critics, Says Church’s Haters Related to Satan Himself

Until Pope Francis can muster some results, his words should be carefully critiqued.

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Amid all of the depraved and gratuitously horrific sins occurring just under his nose, Pope Francis has been his church’s own worst enemy.

His response to the ritualistic and habitual sexual abuse of children being committed by thousands of Catholic Priests the world over has been categorically unacceptable.  In fact, the pontiff has, on several occasions, lashed out at those who criticize the church’s rampant and ongoing pedophilia problem.

His latest tantrum included some childish name-calling, in which Francis related his critics to the devil himself.

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While addressing pilgrims from the Italian diocese of Benevento on Wednesday, Francis said people cannot live their whole lives constantly accusing the church of wrongdoings. He referenced the Bible and rhetorically asked who the office of the “Great Accuser” belongs to.

“I’m sorry, I did not understand … I cannot hear well … the devil!” the Pope said, according to ANSA. “And those who spend their lives accusing, accusing and accusing are — I won’t say children, because the devil doesn’t have any — but they are the friends, cousins and relatives of the devil.”

The Pope added that when things aren’t right, people have to report the defects in order to correct wrongs that were committed. However, he said that when defects are reported, they’re made known and the person loves the church

This isn’t the first time that Francis has chosen to on the offensive rather than address the issue.

For all of the pontiff’s vast pontification on the subject of Catholic Church abuses, there has been very little corresponding action.  Record numbers of church members are coming forward to tell their tales of assault, molestation, and rape while the Pope himself takes to labeling his enemies as denizens of the nether.

Until Pope Francis can muster some results, his words should be carefully critiqued.

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PETA Launches Anti-Burger Hollywood Campaign for Attention

PETA is a marketing company who kills thousands of animals per year, so, somehow their advice on where to eat after The Oscars is important.

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While many see People for The Ethical Treatment of Animals, PETA, as a mere pest in our popular culture, there are far more sinister realities that should be discussed.

For instance, the fact that PETA does an absolutely abhorrent job as rescuing cats and dogs – something that Humane Societies have perfected over the course of their existence.

Worse still, the main focus of PETA has been marketing and brand promotion – not the treatment of animals in the least bit.  Their constant, grating stunts do very little to save critters whatsoever, while doing an excellent job of reminding us that PETA still exists…for some reason.

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Their latest piggybacking marketing scam has the disgraced organization riding the coattails of The Oscars and one of the nation’s most popular burger joints.

Animal rights group PETA is urging Hollywood to skip the growing tradition of hitting an In-N-Out Burger after the Oscars because the fast food joints sell meat.

It has become the “in” thing to hit the In-N-Out drive through after Hollywood’s big awards shows. Indeed, a recent article in People featured a photo spread of the stars visiting the burger chain, according to Hollywood Reporter.

But PETA is highly annoyed with the burger-eating trend. The animal rights group has sent letters to some of Hollywood’s biggest stars to urge them to skip their new In-N-Out habit.

Of course, PETA doesn’t want us all to realize that farmers who grow the food for vegetarians exterminate entire acres of animals in order to put food on the table for the rest of the nation.

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