Apple Will Now Block Companies Like Facebook From Tracking You Online

Apple Will Now Block Companies Like Facebook From Tracking You Online

Apple's WWDC focused on software updates like new privacy features in Safari.

Apple publicly discussed this Facebook integration in 2012 with its iOS 6 operating system update for iPhones and iPads.

In what could be seen as an unusual step for a company which sells smartphones, features highlighting how long their customers spend on their devices will be rolled out.

iOS12 will be available for public beta testing later this month, and it should roll out to all users around September.

The new tools are built into the Safari web browser on both iOS and Macs and will scramble the "digital fingerprint" that companies use to track users and then sell to advertisers.

There's the Activity Report, which details exactly how they used their device over the course of a day or week. That way, whenever you activate your iPhone's screen to see what time it is, it won't show you all of the notifications that end up distracting you when you should be sleeping. Of course, they could always just increase the time limit, so they'll need to rely on at least a little willpower to adhere to whatever limits they set for themselves.

More news: Kim Kardashian Heard Kanye's Song About Her at the Last Minute
More news: See Bill Clinton's Answers When Asked About Monica Lewinsky, 'MeToo'
More news: Sarah Jane Smith has three-shot leads in the US Women’s Open

Apple also announced some other small related features, like setting end times for Do Not Disturb when you leave a location or when event ends, as well as adjusting notification settings for apps right from the Notification Center (without going into the Settings).

Apple has always been strict with upholding user privacy.

The controls include restrictions on specific apps or the whole phone. Instead of having to sift through a dozen Facebook notifications when a dozen people reply to a post, for example, a user could choose to receive just one notification.

Apple also said it would start to restrict the data shared online from a device that can be used to identify it - such as the plug-ins and other system configuration features which can be used to single out a device as belonging to a certain user - a process known as fingerprinting.

One good guess? It's part of an industry-wide push to address the issue of device addiction, particularly in children and teens. "And the number of times I picked up the phone were too many". It is definitely a neat app for developers and while most of the features are kept the same, there ought to be several differences new features. So maybe they'll be useful, after all.

Related Articles

  • Wheels Up to Sponsor Justify in Belmont Stakes

    Wheels Up to Sponsor Justify in Belmont Stakes

    Trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, the colt finished seventh in the Kentucky Derby and skipped the Preakness . The 150th Belmont Stakes will take place on Saturday, June 9 in Elmont, N.Y.
    Trump Defends Melania Trump and Spreads Conspiracies About Her in the Process

    Trump Defends Melania Trump and Spreads Conspiracies About Her in the Process

    Trump's attack on Brzezinski past year , in which he bashed her show's ratings and called her "low I.Q. But the presidential press corps were not invited to that function for military families.
    LeBron James SLAMMED: Cavs star made one monumental error against Warriors

    LeBron James SLAMMED: Cavs star made one monumental error against Warriors

    Kerr closed with a defense of athlete activism, "You have to understand that what players have protested is not the military". Kerr also lauded the Eagles for being what he called "fantastic citizens in their own community".
  • Is Marouane Fellaini About To Trade Man Utd For Arsenal?

    Arsenal are on a tight budget this summer after spending big on Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang last season. Metro claim he has already rejected two offers from United and that the Gunners will now meet his representatives this week.
    England show World Cup promise in home victory over Nigeria

    England show World Cup promise in home victory over Nigeria

    With England's last World Cup warm-up set for Thursday against Costa Rica , Southgate is keeping his stoppers guessing. England beat Nigeria 2-1 before the World Cup 2018, with goals from Cahill, Kane and Iwobi.
    Melania Trump to return to public eye Monday

    Melania Trump to return to public eye Monday

    The First Lady remained in the hospital for five nights following the procedure prior to returning to the White House on May 19. Despite missing out on appearances from the public eye, the first lady still managed to attend other internal meetings.
  • Will Trump-Kim summit discuss human rights issues?

    Will Trump-Kim summit discuss human rights issues?

    Also, Singapore on Tuesday added its southern resort island of Sentosa to a special event area designated for next week's summit. I think it's going to be a process. "We are talking about the installation of a gas pipeline", the Russian president said.

    Tributes pour in for Kate Spade

    Kate Spade launched a New York-based company, Kate Spade Handbags , in January 1993 with her husband Andy Spade . Andy was reportedly at the home when Kate's body was discovered but it is unclear how long he had been there.
    Janet Jackson desperately calls 911 about her son

    Janet Jackson desperately calls 911 about her son

    Janet Jackson called police Saturday over concern for her 1-year-old son, Eissa Al Mana, authorities told CNN. At the time of separating, Jackson released a statement to say they were both committed to co-parenting.
  • Many don’t need chemo

    Many don’t need chemo

    Thousands of women have been tested over the years using Oncotype DX to help determine the true effectiveness of chemo. In the long term, it can cause early menopause, bone loss, chronic pain, kidney damage, and heart failure.
    'A Star Is Born' Trailer: Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga Sing Together

    'A Star Is Born' Trailer: Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga Sing Together

    Ravi Mehta, Basil Iwanyk, Niija Kuykendall, Sue Kroll, Michael Rapino and Heather Parry serve as executive producers. But it wasn't until Lady Gaga boarded the star-making vehicle in 2016 that the anticipation really started to build.

    Robertson: Mohamed Salah can emulate Messi and Ronaldo

    He is going to be a player who will be a big hero at Liverpool for a long time, I am totally convinced of that. It meant that Ronaldo missed Portugal's two friendlies this week ahead of this summer's World Cup.