On Monday, Apple revealed “Private Relay”, a new privacy feature, during its annual software developer conference. “By enabling this feature on their mobile devices, the users can keep away Apple, ISP, and search engines from monitoring their browsing history,” an Apple spokesperson said in a statement.
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The feature is seen to be particularly useful in countries like China, where residents are forced to live under the country’s surveillance system, as it allows users to encrypt their browsing history so that no one can access what they are browsing on the web.
It’s a useful feature because most internet users nowadays are looking for new ways to protect their browsing history because they don’t want others to see what they are searching on the web. However, many people use VPNs to keep their internet browsing private, although VPNs aren’t safe because they tunnel all traffic through their servers. Hence, by including this function in their mobile devices, Apple allows their users to freely surf the web without worrying about their data privacy.
When a reporter from Reuter asked Apple’s spokesperson if the feature would be available in countries where internet censorship and data monitoring are at the boom, Apple’s representative put a stop to all speculations by saying that “the app would not be available to access for the citizens of China, Belarus, Colombia, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkmenistan, Uganda, and the Philippines due to their governments’ strict policies”.