June 05, 2018

Apple takes direct swipe at Facebook over privacy at WWDC

Apple took its privacy complaints against Facebook all the way to its biggest event of the year - the Worldwide Developer Conference, also known as WWDC.

During Monday's annual parade of new products and software changes, Apple said it will start asking Safari users to opt-in to the people tracking Facebook does well beyond its own borders through the like buttons and Facebook-enabled comment sections that appear on a galaxy of websites.

In other words: "We're shutting that down," said Craig Federighi, Apple's head of software engineering.

Instead of just allowing the social network to access data on internet users, a pop-up will appear in Safari asking, "Do you want to allow Facebook.com to use cookies and available data while browsing?"

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