Apple Allows Uber to Record iPhone Screen using a Powerful Feature

Apple Allows Uber to Record iPhone Screen using a Powerful Feature

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Apple has been giving Uber access to more than just an iPhone user’s current location. If you are an iPhone user and use Uber app, you would be surprised to know that widely popular ride-hailing app can record your screen secretly.

The company reportedly gave the ride-hailing app access to a tool that would potentially allow Uber to record a user’s screen or access their personal information, even if the app was only running in the background.

Security researcher Will Strafach recently revealed that Apple selectively grants (what’s known as an “entitlement“) Uber a powerful ability to use the newly introduced screen-recording API with intent to improve the performance of the Uber app on Apple Watch.

The screen-recording API allows the Uber app to record user’s screen information even when the app is closed, giving Uber access to all the personal information passing through an iPhone screen.

What’s more? The company’s access to such permission could make this data vulnerable to hackers if they, somehow, able to hijack Uber’s software.

However, due to upgrades to Apple Watch and the Uber app, the company does not need this permission anymore.

Nearly every iPhone app uses entitlement in an effort to enable features like the camera or Apple Pay on iPhones and iPads. However, according to Strafach, Apple does not often grant “sensitive” entitlements to non-Apple apps.

Although there is no evidence that Uber ever misused the entitlement, this special permission could have been exploited to perform a wide range of activities on an iPhone, such as recording passwords, monitoring users and harvesting other personal information, Strafach explained.

Apple has not yet responded.

This is not the first privacy concern surrounding Uber. Late last year, the ride-hailing company was found tracking its users’ locations even after their rides ended.

Uber was also in controversies at the mid of last year for monitoring the battery life of its users, as the company believed that its users were more likely to pay a much higher price to hire a cab when their phone’s battery is close to dying.

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