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Factors in securing app and cloud data

Mechanisms to protect app and cloud data take a number of forms, and Apple’s track record of implementing them has been good. This article examines a number of the techniques that Apple — and the team at Reincubate — have been using.

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iCloud security in 2017: what comes next?

Reincubate helps companies and individuals build value with their own data in an ethical and transparent manner, and as such it is important that the underlying data and platforms are themselves secure. Aside from some of the broader cloud security elements, there are four key trends and areas of positive change for the iCloud in early 2017.

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App data in insurance: Admiral & Facebook

Yesterday began with news of British insurance company Admiral’s move to enhance their insurance pricing using app data collected from the Facebook platform. Within three hours of the service’s launch, Facebook had turned around and blocked the scheme. The principle at stake here isn't whether an insurance company can use this data, but whether the it is individuals or Facebook who can control how it is used.

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App data in the real world: Everalbum aggregating cloud-based photo services, including iMessage

Everalbum are building machine learning technology to surface photos around important moments of users’ lives. Their new Everalbum Explore platform -- available on iOS and Android -- aggregates photo content from a deep range of sources, using app data feeds into services including Dropbox, Google Photos, Instagram, Facebook, iMessage, Flickr, and Amazon. The company’s pitch is to protect one's life's photos so ones never have to worry about losing them.

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CIA ramps investment in critical app data access

Glenn Greenwald’s online magazine, the Intercept broke a story this month cataloguing a number of the tech firms that CIA-affiliated venture capital firm In-Q-Tel has invested in. These investments reflect the CIA’s increasing interest in accessing and interpreting app data for matters of global intelligence and security. All four of the companies disclosed have mechanisms for pulling data from platforms including Twitter.

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Extracting data from iOS 9 iCloud backups

I’m proud to announce that our company, Reincubate, has scored another first: we’ve released iPhone Backup Extractor 6 with support for iOS 9 iCloud backups. Currently, even Apple don’t support accessing these.

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