What do your iPhone apps do with your data? Request Apple’s App Privacy Report
Apple has now doubled privacy, adding features to its applications and operating systems that will make it harder for marketers and other malicious actors to follow you around the web, and allow you to keep tabs on those who do. remain. It also rocked its own version of a virtual private network (VPN) for iCloud subscribers.
Mail privacy protection
Is your inbox inundated with marketing emails? Last chance to save! Click for an exclusive offer! Sometimes these messages are legitimate and can lead to real savings, but as Katie Skinner, head of user privacy software at Apple, explained to WWDC today, they are also embedded in “web beacons for collecting. information about your messaging activity “.
They can see when you open your email and even capture credentials like your IP address. “We think you should be able to choose whether or not to allow this,” Skinner said. So, Mail’s privacy protection in Apple’s Mail app will mask your IP address, which means that the sender of the email cannot track you on the web or locate your location.
Apple will do the same on its Safari browser. “You can see which trackers are blocked from profiling you in Safari’s privacy report,” said Erik Neuenschwander, director of user privacy.
Application privacy report
Apple has cracked down on how apps can track you on your smartphone (much to Facebook’s dismay). And today, he announced an app privacy report, which will give you insight into how apps handle your privacy. See how often apps ask for permission to access your location, photos, camera, microphone, contacts, and more in the past seven days. You will also be able to see any third-party domains that the app contacts.
Look for the app privacy report in iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and watchOS 8.
Restricting app access to data isn’t a big deal for Apple, which makes most of its money from the sale of its own products, hardware and software. But for a social network like Facebook, advertisers and data are king, so any barrier between users and advertisers willing to pay big bucks to target them tightly with personalized ads is an unfortunate turn of events.
To that end, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took to his own social network today to take a look at Apple’s revenue-sharing program ahead of his developer conference.
“To help more creators make a living on our platforms, we will keep paid online events, fan subscriptions, badges and our upcoming independent creator news products free until 2023,” a- he writes. “And when we introduce a revenue share, it will be less than the 30% that Apple and others are taking.
“We are also launching a new payment interface so creators can see the impact of fees and taxes of different companies on their income. More to come soon,” he added.
Hide my email (Image: Apple)
Today, Apple also advised iCloud + with iCloud Private Relay, Hide My Email, and extended HomeKit secure video support.
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The Hide My Email feature will create unique and random email addresses that you can use if you don’t want to hand over your real one. It is integrated with Safari, iCloud settings and Mail, and supports an unlimited number of fake addresses.
Private Relay, meanwhile, “ensures that all traffic exiting a user’s device is encrypted, so that no one between the user and the website they are visiting can access and read it, not even Apple or the user’s network provider.
The requests go through two relays, the second of which decrypts the destination web address and serves the site you want. If that sounds like a VPN to you, you’re not alone, but as The Verge reports, Apple doesn’t consider Private Relay a VPN, “partly because it sends data through that second hop.”
Upgrades to HomeKit Secure Video add support for more cameras, as well as end-to-end encrypted video storage that won’t affect storage limits.