Apple News Byte: France Has A PRISM-Like Program With Thousands Of Trillions Of Metadata Elements

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Apple News Byte: France Has A PRISM-Like Program With Thousands Of Trillions Of Metadata Elements

by Wochit 1:24 mins

Sacrebleu! The NSA isn't the only security agency to collect data. In fact, France's PRISM-like program is going very strong with thousands of trillions of metadata elements stored in a Parisian basement, according to a report from French newspaper Le Monde. The program targets phone communications, emails and data from Internet giants, such as Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft and Yahoo! It is deemed illegal by the CNIL, the French data protection authority but it is not as clear as it seems. The US Patent Office has just published a new patent application by Apple that integrates crowdsourced traffic data for real-time information about road conditions, similar to what Waze does. Waze, which was just acquired by Google, seeks user input on changing road conditions, and rewards users for making accurate reports. Apple's patent also offers route choices based on criteria like "Scenic Route, Light Traffic, No Construction," and more that are also rated and reviewed by users. Apple is said to be plotting new incentives and schemes to persuade shoppers to buy the iPhone in-store. The move apparently comes in a bid to fight competition from Android smart phones. While CEO Tim Cook is supposedly happy with sales figures for Mac and iPad devices, he wants more customers to buy iPhones from inside Apple shops, so that they get a gander at the other glossy gadgets Apple is flogging.

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