One of the most compelling features offered by Apple is good privacy with regular updates. Keeping that in Mind Apple yesterday released new iOS 13.4, iPadOS 13.4, and macOS updates for its consumers. There are many new things such as new Memoji stickers, bug fixes in Safari and other things, the most important feature is also packed in the update regarding Safari as far as privacy is concerned.
Update for Safari
Apple has announced an important update for Safari’s ITP(Intelligent Tracking Prevention) System. This new update will allow Safari (version 13.1) to block all third-party cookies by default and that way advertisers and websites won’t follow users across the Internet. In its announcement, Apple made it clear that cookies for cross-site resources are now blocked by default on Safari.
John Wilander, engineer of this feature announced this via a blog post for WebKit. Wilander said, “Cookies for cross-site resources are now blocked by default across the board. This is a significant improvement for privacy since it removes any sense of exceptions or ‘a little bit of cross-site tracking is allowed’”. In the blog post, he said that Tor was the first browser to have a feature that blocks all third-party cookies. And that Apple is two years ahead of Google’s scheduled timeline for this same feature for Chrome. A report in The Verge claims that Mozilla’s Firefox also blocks third-party cookies by default, a feature has been in place since the summer of 2019.
With third party cookies being blocked trackers will have a hard time to follow users around the internet. It will not allow them to do login fingerprinting and use the state of the user’s anti-tracking settings. Apple continues to impress its user base with compelling updates that protect user privacy and this feature is really good for User Privacy as no one consciously wants themselves to be tracked while they are surfing the internet.
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