By Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
Starting today, you will be able to tell apps to stop tracking you on your iPhone.
Apple started rolling out the latest version of iOS (14.5) on Monday, which could become a watershed moment in the history of privacy on the internet. The new version of iOS makes tracking an opt-in feature. In other words, when you install an app on your iPhone, you will have to allow it to track you across other apps, and if you want, you can stop it from tracking you entirely...
Ashkan Soltani, an independent privacy and security researcher, told Motherboard that this is “a great step, particularly the global option to block tracking via one step.”
“It’s in line with the Global Privacy Control project that I’ve been working on, and is required under the California Law,” he said in an online chat. “In addition to technical mitigations, I’m looking forward to Apple supporting the legal right for consumers to opt-out so simply.”
Ashkan Soltani is a MIMS alumnus (2009), and a distinguished fellow at Georgetown Law Center’s Institute for Technology Law & Policy.