iPhone is Sending Browsing Data to Chinese Tech Giant Tencent
Muhammad Mubeen Javed
Apple has tried to maintain the high-ground when comes to user’s privacy being the key focus for the company.
Apple’s integrity with user’s data might face some security. The company sends its Safari Safe browsing data to Google’s servers for its Fraudulent Website Warning system. This protects users from going to phishing websites.
In iOS 13, Apple has been sending the safe browsing data to Tencent. Tencent is a Chinese company. It is believed that the Chinese government can pressure the company into identifying and tracking users.
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Google’s safe browsing approach can theoretically be used to de-anonymize users, based on the linking site requests. Tencent’s method is similar to Google’s, it can be used to do the same.
The data collection is being done in China, despite the mention of data being sent to Tencent servers reportedly found in the US disclaimer. This can be considered a silver lining, but we are still not sure if it is true.
Tencent was integrated into the safe browsing feature of Safari, after the WWDC 2017 announcement.