Apple takes potshot at Facebook with Safari privacy features

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The New York Times reported last week that Facebook had signed partnerships with device manufacturers like Apple and Samsung so that they could "recreate a Facebook-like experience" when it came to features such as messaging and "like" buttons without requiring an app. When websites have those icons, they send information about people's web activity back to Facebook, which uses the information to fill out the personal digital dossiers they have on billions of people in order to improve how it tailors the advertisements Facebook sells.

"We've all seen these like buttons and share buttons", Apple software VP Craig Federighi said at the company's annual developer conference. "So this year, we're shutting that down", said Ferguson. "What we did was we integrated the ability to share in the operating system, make it simple to share a photo and that sort of thing", he said, adding that "We weren't in the data business". And he said, no, they're simply just trying to give their users more privacy, and that may affect Facebook.

In 2017, Apple added a "Do Not Track", feature to the macOS system, adding a request to the website not to track you, "but it's up to the website to honor this request", Apple says on its website.

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Apple veered from tradition slightly and stuck only to software updates, said Gene Munster, managing partner at Loup Ventures. Facebook said the pacts were designed to help device makers create their own versions of Facebook apps, and the data mostly remained on phones that accessed it.

Enhanced privacy was part of a slew of improvements touted by Apple to developers, whose creations are key to the popularity of iPhones, iPads and Mac computers. Users will also be able to set a time limit for themselves on a particular app.

At the time, Marc Rotenberg of the Electronic Privacy Information Center called the disclosures "a giant surveillance warning label". How else would Facebook know who liked the post?

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Apple's "Intelligent Tracking Prevention" in Safari's web browser will help block social media "like" or "share" buttons, as well as comment widgets from tracking users without permission.

Mac OS Mojave will also lock down your camera and microphone, similar to iOS.

Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering Craig Federighi speaks during the 2018 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference at the San Jose Convention Center on June 4, 2018 in San Jose, Calif. Apple CEO Tim Cook kicked off the WWDC that runs through June 8.

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