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WebKit team details new anti-tracking policies to protect users

Among the many fronts Apple works to protect the privacy of the users, the Safari One of the most prominent: The company often adds new protection features to its browser, and has built solid security tools to prevent websites from tracking visitor data.

Following this technique, the development team of the WebKit (Safari's rendering engine and, by table, all iOS browsers) recently published an article on the platform's website detailing its privacy policies.

The blunt text in its rejection of user tracking as a way of making a profit: According to the engineers, anti-tracking measures “should be applied by default” in all browsers, as users are detrimental to “infringing their privacy without them”. enable the identification, understanding, consent or control ”of these data capture agents.

With this in mind, the team presented the new WebKit Tracking Prevention Policy, is a set of rules, practices and recommendations designed to curb the action of tracking agents in browsers running the engine. The guidelines include the types of tracking WebKit rejects and the techniques it adopts to do so.

The technical explanation of the practices can be found on this page, but most importantly note that two types of tracking will be particularly targeted by the WebKit team: silent tracking (when the user is not informed at any time about what is happening) and the between sites, that is, when a crawler follows you through multiple "places" of the Internet, even if apparently unrelated. If a particular tracking technique cannot be completely disabled by WebKit without causing harm to the user, the engine will limit its capture capability to the maximum.

The team also notes that sites and extensions with techniques to circumvent anti-crawl policy will be treated in the same way as malware, so these agents may suffer additional restrictions (or even complete disabling) without notice.

The new rules come at a good time, considering that the new version of Safari that comes with the new iOS / iPadOS 13 and macOS Catalina 10.15 It brings even more security features that will enhance the privacy of users.

Never protect too much, really?

via AppleInsider