iOS 14.5 is currently in beta.

Apparently Apple will proxy Safe Browsing Requests to Google to reduce Google’s visibility into iOS users activity. The article doesn’t mention what Apple itself does with the information if users should have a proxy in front of apple too …

But while Google has anonymized URL strings, by sending the link in a cropped and hashed state, Google still sees the IP address from where a Safe Browsing check comes through.

Apple’s new feature basically takes all these Safe Browsing checks and passes them through an Apple-owned proxy server, making all requests appear as coming from the same IP address.

More information here as well:

https://the8-bit.com/apple-proxies-google-safe-browsing-privacy/

samuraikid
18d

apple like facebook, amazon i dont trust probably theyll see your browsing data like secure dns from cloudflare

@AgreeableLandscape
admin
9edit-213d

VPNs and proxies are based on trust, otherwise they’re anywhere from just as bad as no protection to even worse. Apple certainly doesn’t have my trust.

While letting Apple/NSA get your browsing habits. LMAO

ufra
creator
313d

As if they didn’t already rofl

Before Google/NSA did. Now Apple/NSA does.

Corporate wants you to find the difference between the two.

It’s like choosing between Kang and Kodos.

@AgreeableLandscape
admin
413d

FYI, Google and most major sites also use browser fingerprinting to track you, which hiding your IP address won’t prevent. You’d have to disable JavaScript and hide your IP, and even then things like your user agent string could still identify you.

ufra
creator
413d

I think in this case they are talking about the Safe Browsing API which in theory Google says they don’t use for tracking, but still making that API call reveals header info, so Apple is shielding some info from Google. But in regular interactions with google tentacles, they do use many things like you say.

@AgreeableLandscape
admin
1edit-213d

Fair enough. However, in that case I really don’t think it will do much for privacy because one, almost everyone straight up use Google services every day, and two, Google embeds itself in the majority of other sites through Google Ads, Analytics, reCaptcha, as well as their font and CDN services. Not to mention they also do cloud server hosting.

@sopuffy
113d

I’ve stopped trying to make a non-unique fingerprint, get the extensions I want, and instead use Tor to look up stuff or login to places not connected to my identity AFAIK. So normal browsing is for specific topics like troubleshooting my devices.

Surveillance scores are already a thing in the US, but protected by the FTC and more hidden than China’s social credit score. Not to mention, the data broker market is poorly regulated and very opaque. I like to minimize how much incriminating or intimate data I reveal, partly because they may very well be considered with my job applications or affect my experience as a customer.

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