With the arrival of its next update, iOS 14.5 will take extra measures to provide less user information to Google. But many users might be unaware that until now a part of the web traffic of Safari, the iOS browser, goes through Google servers.
But this will no longer be the case when Apple releases the next update of the operating system for the iPhone. This change will also apply to iPadOS 14.5 for sure.
iOS 14.5 will provide less information to Google
Safari has offered a security feature that checks whether the web page the user wants to access is secure or not for a long time. If the browser thinks it is secure, this operation is transparent to the user. However, if you are entering a suspicious website, for example, if a phishing attempt has been detected before, Safari warns you to avoid risks.
iOS 14.5 will, of course, maintain this feature, which actually depends on Google’s servers, but from now on it will interpose its own proxy server between the iOS browser and Google servers.
This new feature has been detected in the beta version of iOS 14.5 that is already available for developers and will become available to all users. This way, users will continue to enjoy the protection feature against malicious websites, but Google will no longer receive the information that these queries generated on Google’s servers.
This change is not the only privacy-related change that will come with iOS 14.5. The most anticipated feature is the one that will force apps to ask the user for permission to use the information generated by the tracking functions of other apps.
This feature has been criticized a lot by Facebook and even led to some resounding responses against the position of the social network.
Since the presentation of iOS 14 at the last WWDC, Apple already anticipated that the security and privacy of users would be a key factor in this new version of the operating system. Previously we have already seen other features in this regard, such as privacy lables.