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NowISeetheLight

(3,940 posts)
Mon Nov 27, 2023, 03:43 PM Nov 27

Apple iPhone Update - Police Depts Warning [View all]

Apple iPhone latest updates set a feature called "NameDrop" to default "On". Basically it allows any iPhone near you to get your contact info just by being nearby.

Police Departments are warning parents about it. Imagine some weirdo hanging out by a bus stop just harvesting kids info as they walk by.

Some publications are claiming it isn't a big deal (like Wired). To me though it seems like an invitation to identity theft or worse.
Who the hell thought this was a good idea?

https://www.cbsnews.com/pittsburgh/news/new-iphone-feature-namedrop-is-on-by-default/?intcid=CNM-00-10abd1h

https://www.cbsnews.com/boston/news/apple-ios-17-warning-airdrop-namedrop/?intcid=CNM-00-10abd1h

https://www.wired.com/story/apple-iphone-namedrop-ios17/



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Thank you. ananda Nov 27 #1
Geez. Elessar Zappa Nov 27 #2
Thanks. I just turned it off. yardwork Nov 27 #3
According to Wired, it requires consent each time you "NameDrop" your contact info unblock Nov 27 #4
My default setting was marybourg Nov 27 #5
Exactly. "With contacts only" negates random iphones Ninga Nov 27 #17
You have to hold the top of the phones together. edisdead Nov 27 #6
Thanks! I don't really see the benefit for me so I turned it off. 50 Shades Of Blue Nov 27 #7
I couldn't figure out what my work and personal phones were doing when I stacked them on top of each other one night. Mad_Machine76 Nov 27 #8
Mating Hekate Nov 27 #11
It wasn't iPhone sex? ArkansasDemocrat1 Nov 27 #15
Thanks, even though it seems it defaults to contacts only... haele Nov 27 #9
Who thought it was a good idea? OldBaldy1701E Nov 27 #10
Although they did try a thing called "bump" which was neat technology. forgotmylogin Nov 27 #13
What? I don't see it on my iphone 11. Cha Nov 27 #12
Just who the fuck thought THAT was a good idea? Warpy Nov 27 #14
I remember Android-like phones having that feature long before Apple ... Auggie Nov 27 #16
The person already has to be one of your "contacts" before the air drop marybourg Nov 27 #18
Thanks for this post. @Apple, it was a dumb idea to turn this feature on by default. n/t iluvtennis Nov 27 #19
Another reason I'm glad that I have Samsung! Initech Nov 27 #20
The phone notifies you and you have to agree to share your info. Kablooie Nov 27 #21
Before everyone panics brooklynite Nov 27 #22
The two phones have to be in physical contact, then... LudwigPastorius Nov 27 #23
Police Departments and News Sites Spreading Misinformation About How iOS 17 NameDrop Feature Works usonian Nov 27 #24
Thanks for the links info, but no worries! Now please. Just read the Wired link. The police "news" isn't really true. ancianita Nov 27 #25
Thanks for the info. captain queeg Nov 28 #27
Whoa! Thanks! Turned off, thank goodness! n/t KatK Nov 28 #26
Please read the Wired article. The coppers were wrong and doing their usual dodgy fear inducement hype bollocks Celerity Nov 28 #29
Bought a new phone last week and it carried over all my old settings even after last iOS update MistakenLamb Nov 28 #28
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