Apple's Safari May Soon Get Firefox-inspired Tracking Protection

Apple’s Safari May Soon Get Firefox-inspired Tracking Protection

The open source WebKit browser engine, which feeds Apple's Safari web browser, has announced a new privacy policy that includes a series of tracking practices that said they were "harmful to users because they violate the privacy of a user without giving users the ability to identify, understand, consent or control them ”.

In an official blog post, the company announced that it is incorporating a series of new anti-tracking algorithms to block all known tracking practices that violate its new privacy policies. "If we discover additional monitoring techniques, we can expand this policy to include new techniques and we can implement technical measures to prevent those techniques," said the post.

WebKit developers also gave Mozilla credit for shaping their new privacy policies that, he said, will create a "healthy web ecosystem, with privacy by design" . Mozilla and its Firefox web browser have traditionally been at the forefront of the fight against surreptitious tracking by advertisers, and have implemented some of the strongest anti-tracking policies over the years.

WebKit feeds not only Apple's Safari, but also the default web browsers on Samsung's Amazon Kindle and Tizen devices. Google Chrome also works with a WebKit fork called Blink, but on iOS, the browser works directly with WebKit to meet the restrictions imposed by Apple.

The latest policy update for WebKit occurs as the use of ad blockers and other anti-tracking software continues to increase amid growing privacy concerns among Internet users. However, while greater privacy protections are needed to protect users from clandestine tracking, it will be interesting to see how it will affect legitimate blogging companies and publishers who rely on advertising as their greatest source of revenue.

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