From Michael Grothaus at Fast Company:
“We think we’re showing the way to the industry, to the customer, that they can demand more–they should expect more–about the protection of their privacy, and that we can help move the industry into building things that better protect privacy.”
“I think the protections that we’re building in, to intimately say that the customer’s device is in service of the customer, not of another company or entity–the customer is the one who is in control of their data and their device–is what’s most compatible with human rights and the interest of society,” Federighi says. “And so that’s what we’re going to keep trying to support–our customers being in control of their privacy.”
Glad this is getting more mainstream attention. The biggest features mentioned in this article are:
- Approximate location, sharing which quadrant of a worldwide grid you’re in, not your exact location. This is something that’s gotten more attention lately, and I’m really pleased they’re doing this.
- Cross-tracking prevention. Advertisers and data brokers have used these techniques to build a profile on all of us over the years.
- Categorized data that’s being tracked, broken up by “type” (up to 31 types!) in the App Store.
- Better password security notifications
- Enhanced tracker blocking in Safari
- Enhanced Safari extension support and security controls around permissions
- Camera and mic notifications to let users know when either are active
- Photo selection security
I believe that Apple’s stance on this has moved Google and Facebook in a better direction when it comes to security and privacy. Regardless of your opinion on their products, you should be thankful they’re pushing so hard on this.