iOS 15 privacy features you should be aware of: Siri, Mail, and more » sarkariaresult

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Apple’s iOS 15 was released in the summer, and the tech giant took steps to improve its privacy credentials, as expected. We first saw the operating system in person at the company’s annual developer conference, WWDC 2021, after which it went into public beta for months, undergoing a variety of tweaks before its final release. It is now available for download.

Once you’ve upgraded to iOS 15, you’ll have access to Apple’s new FaceTime features, which will allow Android and PC users to participate for the first time. You’ll also get iMessage enhancements that make it easier to track links and photos sent by your friends. 

In short, the June privacy changes will give you more control over the data you share with third parties and will tell you how those apps use data from your Apple devices. Changes also limit data collection in some cases.

These privacy changes may not have a significant impact on your day-to-day life, except in the case of Siri, but they are worth being aware of. They have the ability to change how your Apple device interacts with the internet, particularly third parties who want your personal information.

The majority of new privacy features are free, but not all of them. To take advantage of the others, you’ll need to own a newer Apple device or shell out some cash to purchase one.

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Siri becomes more secure as a result of in-device audio processing

According to Apple, one of the most serious privacy concerns for voice assistants will be addressed with iOS 15.

Siri, unlike Amazon Echo and almost all of its competitors, will no longer send your audio to servers for processing. Instead, thanks to on-device speech recognition, it will process the sound of your voice directly on your Apple device.

Apple stated that iPhones and iPads will use processing power on Apple devices to analyse speech, implying that Siri will no longer require an active internet connection to function. For you, this means that Siri will respond to simple commands like setting an alarm, setting a reminder, or launching an app while you are offline. This update does not include the ability to ask Siri to perform a web search.

Aside from increased privacy, Apple says you can expect Siri’s response time to speed up for some requests now that audio processing can take place offline.

As I said earlier, some privacy features have a catch. For this one, Only iPhone and iPads stacked with the A12 Bionic chip can take advantage of Siri’s in-device audio processing when it rolls out.

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The App Privacy Report will inform you about third-party access to data and sensors

If you liked Apple’s App Tracking Transparency feature, you’ll probably like the App Privacy report as well. 

The report will be available in Settings as a new section, providing an overview of how apps treat your privacy. You can see when specific apps request access to features like the camera and microphone, as well as where or with whom your data has been shared in the last seven days, adding another layer of transparency to iOS 15.

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Privacy Protection for Safari and Mail: Hides your IP address

Mail Privacy protection feature, which will be available in the Mail app soon, will limit the number of data senders collect from you when you open promotional emails or newsletters.

The feature, in particular, will allow you to conceal your IP address so that it cannot be linked to other online activities or used to determine your location. This feature may prevent spammy email marketers from discovering more about your email or internet activity.

Apple described it: 

“In the Mail app, Mail Privacy Protection stops senders from using invisible pixels to collect information about the user. The new feature helps users prevent senders from knowing when they open an email and masks their IP address so it can’t be linked to other online activity or used to determine their location.

Apple also stated that IP address obfuscation will be implemented in Safari.

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The private relay feature of iCloud Plus encrypts web traffic

Apple also announced that paid iCloud Plus subscribers will receive a couple of new privacy features.

One of them is Safari’s private relay feature, which is intended to conceal a user’s web browsing activity from advertisers and internet service providers. It will accomplish this by encrypting traffic leaving an Apple device so that it cannot be intercepted by third parties, including Apple, who can then read what is being searched for.

The second feature is dubbed “Hide My Email.” If you’re a subscriber, you’ll be able to enter a randomly generated email address when signing up for things, such as a new account with an online retailer, and whatever is sent will be forwarded directly to your actual email address. Fewer companies will have direct access to people’s email addresses, according to the plan.