We have some unsettling news for you this week as we’ve just learned Apple is sending browsing data from Safari to Tencent over in China. Tencent is a Chinese technology firm that you might have heard of before. Previously, it was only iPhones purchased in China that would send information over to Tencent.
It appears Apple has expanded this release of information out to other regions in an effort to stop phishing. Read on to learn more about the information being to Tencent. We will also tell you which iPhones and operating systems are impacted by the release of data to Tencent.
All iOS 13 devices are said to contain this information, which is alarming to some people. Apple said that giving this information to Tencent is part of anti-phishing efforts. More specifically, it’s part of the Fraudulent Website Warning that iOS provides.
Apple Sends Data to Tencent as Part of Anti-Phishing Efforts
The Fraudulent Website Warning that is a part of iOS is supposed to help people stay away from bad websites. It will tell you when a website is likely to be masquerading as a different website, such as a spam or phishing website. This feature also will tell you any websites that likely contain malware.
Previous to this Tencent agreement, Apple was sending information over to Google. Google used the Safe Browsing to help keep people safe. It appears Apple has decided to both use the Google Safe Browsing technology as well as Tencent. Apple claims it’s all in order to keep people safe while browsing online.
We don’t know types of data that Apple is sending over to Tencent except it’s browsing data from Safari. There are other things we don’t know yet either, such as what situations will send the data to Tencent instead of sending it only to Google.
Apple Failed to Announce Using Tencent to Collect Browsing Data
There is the ability to turn off the Fraudulent Website Warning if you wish, which you can do by going into Settings and then clicking on Safari. From there, you will need to toggle off the Fraudulent Website Warning. If you do this, it should be noted that you will no longer be protected from malicious websites, so you should only turn it off if you feel comfortable with that.
We want to know in the comment section below, what you think of Apple sending browsing data to Tencent. There’s been questions about this technology company in the past. Questions have come up in terms of whether or not this Chinese company is using data correctly. Have you had any doubts about Tencent in the past? Do you think this is a good idea for Apple to do as part of anti-phishing efforts? What other ways would you like to see Apple try to prevent phishing and malicious apps or websites?