“Apple is planning to introduce some important new policy changes that will extend its user privacy protections, reports The Information,” Juli Clover reports for Mac Rumors. “With iOS 9, Apple will no longer allow advertisers to access app download data for ad targeting purposes, meaning companies will not be able to see all of the apps that are downloaded on a user’s device.”
“Currently, companies like Twitter and Facebook are able to see which apps you have downloaded on your iPhone or iPad, sometimes using that information to deliver targeted ads,” Clover reports. “Advertisers are misusing a communication API in iOS called ‘canopenURL’ to get the app download data, something that will no longer be possible when iOS 9 is released in the fall.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Good. Apple products are for people who value their privacy.
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]