Each year, Apple announces new features to help its users protect their personal data. The firm is also making confidentiality its hobbyhorse in order to distinguish itself from other brands using the Android operating system.
In 2021, it lifted the veil on iCloud +, a service accessible to users of paid iCloud storage that provides access to additional privacy protection features. And among these, there is the private relay.
Private relay is not a VPN, but it is indeed a competitor to the various VPNs available on the market since its objective is to help users secure their connections when using Apple products. This relay will help you hide your IP address, but it will not allow you to bypass geo-blocks.
“Normally, when a user is browsing the web, basic information about their web traffic, such as their IP address and DNS records, can be viewed by network providers and the websites they visit.”, we read in a document published at the end of 2021 by Apple. “This information can be used to determine the identity of the user and build a profile of their location and browsing history over time. A user can then be targeted by unwanted advertising and marketing campaigns, or have their data combined with additional data and sold to other companies. “
The private relay prevents these data collections. But for now, the feature is still in beta. And while it has not yet been released, it would already be the subject of opposition from European telephone operators.
Operators against Apple’s private relay?
In any case, this is what is suggested by an article published this weekend by the British media The Telegraph. According to this article, some of the largest European telephone operators would like the European Commission to prevent the deployment of private relay.
“Private Relay claims to improve user privacy when connecting and browsing the Internet by encrypting and redirecting traffic … thus preventing other networks and servers from accessing vital network data and metadata, including operators. in charge of connectivity ”, we would read in a letter co-signed by Vodafone, Telefonica, T-Mobile and Orange.
“The implementation of the private relay will have important consequences in terms of attacking European digital sovereignty”, would also explain these operators.
In addition to that, they would also consider that this relay risks preventing “Others to innovate and compete in downstream digital markets and could negatively impact the ability of operators to effectively manage telecommunications networks. “
Also according to The Telegraph, the letter would have been sent in August, and would be signed by the CEOs of these four telephone operators. They would hope that Apple is considered as an “access controller” in the context of future European legislation on digital markets.
But of course, for the moment, the info should still be viewed with extreme caution. For the moment, neither the operators mentioned nor the European Commission have confirmed the existence of this letter.