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Summary: New privacy features announced at Apple’s WWDC

"Privacy has been central to our work at Apple from the very beginning," Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering said while announcing new privacy features in the company's World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) keynote held yesterday. Here is a round-up of these features, which will come to the software powering Apple's iPhones, iPads, Macs, and Watches later this year: App Privacy Report: With iOS and iPadOS 15, users can now see more granular detail on what data (photos, contacts, etc) and sensors (camera, microphone, location) apps access, which third-party domains they connect with, and how recently they contacted these domains. Last month, Google also announced a similar feature called Privacy Dashboard that is coming to Android 12. [caption id="attachment_136825" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Source: Apple[/caption] This feature comes on the heels of features like App Tracking Transparency and Privacy Nutrition Labels going into effect. Apple began allowing its users running iOS 14 to disallow apps from tracking the user outside of the app, a feature that previously allowed companies like Facebook to show ads for products you were looking at on other apps or sites. Facebook fiercely contested this new feature, but Apple did not back down. iCloud Private Relay: Apple will offer a VPN-like feature for Safari as part of its new service called iCloud+, which will be offered at no additional price to current iCloud paid users. "When browsing with Safari, Private Relay ensures all traffic leaving a user’s device is encrypted, so no one between the user and the website they…

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