Apple said that a new privacy feature to hide a user’s private web browsing from Internet service providers and advertisers will not be available in China, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
The move is among privacy protections the company announced at its annual Software Developers Conference on Monday, and is the latest in a years-long effort by Apple to reduce the tracking of its users by advertisers and third parties.
Apple said it would also not roll out its private relay feature in Colombia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, South Africa, Turkmenistan, Uganda and the Philippines.
The company attributed its decision to block the feature in China for regulatory reasons, the latest in a series of concessions Apple has made over privacy in a country that returns 15 percent of its revenue.
The new feature enables web traffic to a server maintained by Apple, where a piece of information called an Internet Protocol (IP) address is removed.
Apple then sends the traffic data to a second server maintained by external operators, which sets a temporary address for the user, and in turn sends the traffic to its destination.
The company said that the use of a third party in the second step of the paging system is deliberate, to prevent even “Apple” itself from knowing the identity of the user and the website that the user is visiting.
Source: “newspaper”Guardian” British