Reviewed October 13th, 2020
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Apple iPhone SE

Apple, Inc.
5/10

Summary

The iPhone SE is an iPhone that recalls the design of older iPhones and still comes with upgraded processing power and a lower cost. The smartphone can be purchased starting at $399.

Breach History


Has there ever been a breach or data leak?

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Date of last breach

August 2019


Google security researchers claimed that Apple iPhones had suffered from massive security breaches. Specifically, hackers placed monitoring implants in an untold number of devices. This implant was inserted when users visited unspecificed hack websites and supposedly had been active for two years. Be wary!

Privacy Checklist

Does it meet our minimum privacy standards?

Is any kind of biometric data collected (health, heart, voice, etc.)?

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Are you able to delete your data / the data collected about you?

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Does it use cookies, telemetry, or third-party tracking scripts?

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Is the privacy policy user-friendly (easy to understand)?

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Does it have parental controls?

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Does it use encryption to protect your data both in-transit and at-rest?

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Does it get regular software and / or firmware updates?

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Does it require you to create a strong password?

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Is there a system in place for managing security vulnerabilities?

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Does it have a privacy policy?

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How Can It Snoop?

What sensitive hardware access requirements does it have?

Does it have a camera or request / require access to a camera?

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Does it have a microphone or request / require access to a microphone?

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Does it track your location or request / require access to location data?

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Account Requirements

What information is required to create an account or use it?

Does it require an email address to use?

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Does it require a phone number to use?

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Does it require an address (home or office) to use?

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Payment Options

What payment methods are available?

Are you able to use a credit card as a payment option?

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Are you able to use a cryptocurrency as a payment option?

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Are you able to use PayPal as a payment option?

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Are you able to use cash or gift cards as a payment option?

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What Could Go Wrong?

What's the worst case scenario for your data?

Apple seems to do a decent job ensuring the security and privacy of its customers. However, Apple was caught listening to private conversations captured by its device microphones for "Siri Quality Control." Apple claims to have changed its ways, but be aware of this risk when using this product.

How Does It Share Your Data?

Where is your data going? Who has access to it?

Apple does not share your personal information with third parties for commerical or marketing purposes. All Siri voice requests are also anonymous and auto-deleted after 6 months.

Good Things

Why should you use it?

  • Affordable.
  • Fast performance.

Bad Things

What are the downsides?

  • No large cons.

Final Thoughts


The latest generation of iPhones continues to improve and add new features and tools to its amazing capabilities. Easy to use and one of the most popular phone brands in the world, Apple does a great job with security and privacy measures, so there should not be much to worry about!

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