Published: Thu, June 07, 2018
Technology | By Nina Perez

Apple blocks web-tracking tools used by Facebook

Apple blocks web-tracking tools used by Facebook

"Well it turns out, these can be used to track you, whether you click on them or not". Many websites do this already to alert people to the information they collect such as "cookies", and it is irksome. And here he is responding specifically.

"The things mentioned in the Times article about relationship status, all these kinds of things, is so foreign to us, and not data that we have ever received at all or requested - zero", Cook told NPR in an interview.

"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", Cook also added. So it's a convenience for the user. "We've never been in the data business". "We have never been in the data business", Cook said.

Apple will make it easier to developers to port iPhone and iPad apps to the Mac, but that doesn't mean a touchscreen Mac is coming out. It's the core of Apple's business.

The company is also taking they spend with particular apps and to fight back against the tactics Facebook and other companies use to repeatedly lure them back into their services. They have Apple Pay.

The New York Times reported on Sunday that Facebook had struck data sharing agreements with multiple device makers, including Apple and BlackBerry. And in order to work right, the button needs to log you in - which is to say, it needs to know who you are. He said it's a question of degree. "I believe people are smart and some people want to share more data than other people do". The Safari policy change isn't specifically targeted at Facebook, but it also is specifically targeted at Facebook, given its pervasive information collection about web activity.

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Apple announced iOS 12, the latest version of its mobile operating system, on the first day of its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). Did they make any announcements related to this?

Facebook also insisted firms like Apple did not abuse the access to information. So Apple found a way to mitigate that.

The features follow a feature Apple built into Safari previous year that limits the ability of data brokers to track Safari users' online movements across different sites as they surfed the web.

Later when we spoke with Tim Cook, we asked, did they introduce this as a way to directly target Facebook? Apple also showcased a new system that makes it more hard to gather information about users as they browse across the web.

SHAPIRO: That's NPR's Laura Sydell speaking with us from Silicon Valley.

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