One more step towards a safer experience…
WWDC 2021 has been organized very successfully though it was conducted online like last year due to covid. It was held from June 7 to June 11, 2021, with a wonderful tagline, ‘ Glow and Behold.’ Apple brand that keeps its traditions up to date, and a part of its tradition that a range of products and services announce like always. The iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, tvOS 15, macOS Monterey, and other software updates were announced. We are concerned with the privacy security features announced at Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2021.
Interesting highlights of the story.
- According to CNBC, Apple will not offer the service (private relay) in China, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Belarus, and Uganda due to local laws.
- It (Siri) will be available in German (Germany), English (Australia, Canada, India, the United Kingdom, and the United States), Spanish (Spain, Mexico, and the United States), French (France), Japanese (Japan), Mandarin Chinese (China mainland), and Cantonese (Hong Kong).
- Apple is introducing ‘Mail Privacy Protection’ in its local Mail app, which will prevent marketers and senders from collecting customer data.
- With iOS 14, Apple introduced privacy labels, and with iOS 15, it is placing more emphasis on app privacy.
As per Privacy and Security Features are concerned, Apple is going to provide a bunch of safety features for all of its products. Apple will offer additional control over how apps connect their data, and also a new iCloud+ subscription service that would allow for more web browsing more privately.
Let’s take a look at the key privacy features announced by Apple WWDC21.
- Private relay
- App privacy
- Hide my email
- Privacy in mail safari
- Updation of Siri
To begin, Private Relay will only function when browsing in Safari. It will focus on ensuring that all traffic exiting the device is encoded, and Apple claims that no one, including third parties, will be able to decode it. The security of the traffic with most Proxy servers is dependent on the VPN provider’s guidelines. Private Relay routes traffic through two internet relays to ensure it is secure and encoded. When this enables, Apple has no idea what online sites you visit or view. Keep in mind that, apart from a VPN service, Apple’s Private Relay will not allow you to circumvent blockers and download content that is not readily accessible in your region.
With iOS 14, Apple introduced privacy labels, and with iOS 15, it is placing more emphasis on app privacy. A new App Privacy Study feature enables users to see how often each application needs previously granted access privileges such as location, photos, camera, microphone, and contacts over seven days. This will decide to add as a system update to iOS 15, and it might not be available when the operating system is first released. More intriguingly, customers will be able to see with whom their data is now being shared, as this app report list all 3rd realms with which an app communicates. Users will develop a greater understanding of how an app uses and shares its data as a result of this.
Apple is introducing iCloud+, a new subscription service that includes some premium privacy-focused features. Two of them are iCloud Private Relay and Hide My Email. also expanding HomeKit Secure Video support, allowing video recordings from various home cameras to store on this service for free as part of this subscription.
Hide my email
will be able to share distinct and irregular email accounts that could forward to their private inbox whenever they won’t keep their email address private. This will come in handy if any website requests.