On Monday, Apple rolled out the latest version of its operating system for the iPhone: iOS 15.2. This iteration is accompanied by several new additions. In terms of privacy, users can now see exactly which data an app has requested (App Privacy Report) and the option Hide My Email is available.
Apple makes this known via a support page about its operating system.
New iOS 15 Privacy Features
In September of this year, Apple introduced the latest version of its mobile operating system: iOS 15. The Operating System or OS was again packed with new features and functionalities, also in the field of privacy. One of these new additions is privacy protections in Apple’s Mail application. With this Apple puts an end to the invisible pixels that advertisers send in their newsletters and other mailings. This makes it impossible for advertisers to collect targeted information from their customers. The option also shields your IP address to hide your location.
In addition, intelligent tracking prevention (Intelligent Tracking Prevention) in Apple’s web browser Safari has been extended to prevent unwanted tracking and Siri requests are stored locally. Want to learn more about the latest iOS 15 privacy features? Then read the article ‘Privacy settings in iOS: how does iOS 15 handle your data?’.
App Privacy Report available
At the launch of iOS 15, Apple announced a number of new privacy options. One of these is the App Privacy Report. With this, the American tech company gives users insight into the activities of apps and answers the question of which data applications have requested in the past seven days. For example, if an app consults your contact list, requests your location information, or has access to your photo gallery, microphone, or network activities, you’ll find that out in the App Privacy Report.
Until Monday, the app privacy report was not yet available. From now on, all iPhone users who install iOS 15.2 on their smartphone can see what data an app has requested in the past week.
Hide My Email protects your private email address
Another new privacy feature available this week is Hide My Email. This allows users to create a dummy e-mail address so that they do not have to divulge their personal or business e-mail addresses to commercial parties. This is ideal if, for example, you want to receive a company’s newsletter, but don’t want to give up your private e-mail address. Thanks to the dummy e-mail address you have created, your e-mail address remains protected.
Hide my email address is built into Safari, Apple’s iCloud Settings, and Mail application. You can create and delete an unlimited number of dummy email addresses. This feature already existed with Sign In With Apple, but has now been extended to Apple’s email app. Hide My Email is only available to users who have an iCloud+ account.
iOS 15.2 has many more new features and bug fixes. This gives the new operating system a ‘digital legacy’. This allows you to designate up to five people who will have access to your iCloud account and personal information in the event of your death. Then you have to think of uploaded documents, photos and backup files. Passwords saved in the iCloud Keychain password manager will remain inaccessible. To take advantage of the digital annoyance, relatives must share a copy of the obituary with Apple and enter a code.
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