Jun 7, 2021

iOS15: Apple continues privacy war with app tracker reports

Apple device users will now be able see when individual apps request to access features such as the microphone, camera and phone gallery, plus which third parties they have connected with in the last seven days. The new "App privacy report" feature was unveiled at the firm's annual developers' conference, WWDC. Apple has prioritised privacy lately, including a war on ad-tracking. The new privacy report goes further than Apple's existing "Nutrition labels" which show users what kinds of permissions apps ask for, before they are installed. "Allowing Apple owners to invite Android and PC users to FaceTime calls via a browser acknowledges the pandemic has sparked explosive growth in group video calling," said Ben Wood, chief analyst at CCS Insight. Some note-taking apps have used optical character recognition for similar reasons for years, but Apple's solution is baked into the phone operating system itself.

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