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Apple Under Fire for Sending User Data to Chinese Company

Breitbart [1]
October 15, 2019

Tech giant Apple is once again under fire for its operations relating to China, this time due to sending user data to Chinese company Tencent as part of its fraudulent website warning feature in its Safari web browser.

Tech giant Apple is coming under fire over its Fraudulent Website Warning feature in the Safari web browser for iOS and Mac, MacRumors reports [2], because the feature uses Chinese tech giant Tencent as one of its Safe Browsing providers. The feature has been sending user data to Google Safe Browsing to cross-reference URLs against Google’s blacklist for some time but it’s unclear when the firm started sending data to Tencent.

Apple does note in iOS that it sends user data to Tencent but many users are likely still unaware of this as its mentioned on the “About Safari & Privacy” screen which is linked via extremely small text under the Privacy & Security section in the Safari browser settings. The Fraudulent Website Warning feature is also enabled by default meaning most users are probably unaware that their IP address may be logged by the Chinese tech company unless they turn the feature off.

The reference to Tencent was noted on devices running the latest version of iOS but some have suggested that data may have been sent to the Chinese firm as early as iOS 12.2

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