How iOS 14.5 Is An Exciting Privacy Upgrade For All iPhone Users | #ios | #apple | #iossecurity


Apple’s iOS 14.5 is nearly here, along with a game-changing feature that will transform privacy on your iPhone. 

This week, Apple users were given some exciting news. It looks like the next iPhone update, iOS 14.5 might be coming next week—or at least, we might get a firm date for its release.

It came after Apple’s Siri assistant revealed an Apple event will take place this coming Tuesday April 20. Then a story on Bloomberg speculated that this would be the day we finally get a date for the launch of iOS 14.5.

Apple’s iOS 14.5 update is a huge deal for privacy. That’s because of a new feature, App Tracking Transparency (ATT), which makes it clear which apps are tracking you on your iPhone as you use other apps and visit websites (looking at you, Facebook).

In iOS 14.5, you will be notified every time an app wants to track you, and you will have to grant permission for it to continue to do so.

Why iOS 14.5 is game-changing for iPhone privacy

Apple’s iOS 14.5 is game-changing for iPhone privacy simply because it makes people aware they are being tracked and gives them the choice to opt out. Previously, many people didn’t know about the invasive tracking that allows advertisers to see when you have interacted with a campaign for example, via the so called identifier for advertisers (IDFA)—an anonymized ID assigned to each iPhone user.

In iOS 14.5, you can simply stop that from happening on an app by app basis, when the pop up appears on your iPhone. Better still, you can actually stop all apps from tracking you via your iPhone settings, where a toggle allows you to stop apps from requesting to track, and manage any apps you have given permission to. 

In your iPhone Settings, under Privacy, you need to go to Tracking > Allow Apps to Request to Track.  If you toggle the switch to “off”, apps will be prevented from accessing your IDFA. Any app that attempts to ask will be blocked from doing so and “automatically informed that you have requested not to be tracked,” Apple says.

If you previously gave apps permission to track, this can be disabled when you toggle off Allow Apps to Request to Track.

If you would like to, you can turn off tracking permission on an app-by-app basis in your Privacy Settings > Tracking. The apps that have requested permission to track will be listed here and you can tap them to turn tracking on and off. Superb.

Stay tuned, you are about to be able to make your iPhone more private than it has ever been before. Will iOS 14.5 come next week? Maybe, but if not I’d bet on it arriving this month.


Straight Talking Cyber| Apple takes on Facebook and Google

Welcome to Straight Talking Cyber, Forbes’ new cybersecurity video series with Kate O’Flaherty, Zak Doffman and Davey Winder. We go behind the headlines on the major issues impacting you and other users around the world, focusing on what you really need to know.

In this first episode we look at Apple going head to head with Facebook and Google on privacy with the introduction of its anti-tracking technology, ATT, in iOS 14.5, as well as ongoing controversy over App Store privacy labels.



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