Apple adds welcome privacy features to Mail, Safari

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Apple has always emphasized user privacy as part of its core mission. At the WWDC 2021 event, it announced it would be adding a range of powerful new features to Mail and Safari and giving users a broader view of what their installed apps do with their information.

First, Apple’s Mail appears to have declared war on tracking pixels, which can be included in some emails to give third parties insight into if and when their messages were accessed — though it didn’t provide much detail about how it will win the war. Mail will also now hide users’ IP addresses by default, according to Apple’s user privacy software manager Katie Skinner. Safari will also hide IPs.

Surprisingly, Apple announced it is adding an app privacy report, which will live in the settings and list, as you might have guessed, privacy-related matters related to installed apps. For example: how often apps use your contacts, microphone, location or other data and IDs. The app privacy report also shows which third-party domains receive your information.

Developing… we’re adding more to this post, but you can follow us with our WWDC 2021 live blog to get the news even faster.