According to a statement by Apple, "Apple's nutrition labels require industry to be clear and upfront with consumers, and tools like App Tracking Transparency will help people to assert control over the invisible leakage of their data". But his remarks left little doubt that his missives were aimed at the social media sites that have been criticized for enabling conspiracy theories, hate speech and political misinformation that culminated in the January 6 insurrection that overtook the U.S. Capitol while Congress met to confirm the election of President Joe Biden.
Cook did not mention Facebook by name, but skewered business models built on targeted advertising, which accounts for most of the social network's revenue, media reports indicated. Most useful, though, is the case study's plain-English, practical examples of the kind of tracking that can occur as you go about a typical day's activities using apps.
Google, who could also lose revenue via the new iOS 14 policy change in the App Store, issued an update to developers and the community on January 27, noting the company "will no longer use information (such as IDFA) that falls under ATT for the handful of our iOS apps that now use it for advertising purposes". Facebook and Apple were from there on seen as more rivals than ever.
The new privacy feature was supposed to appear in Apple's operating systems in the fall of 2020, but that moment was then Delayed To give developers more time to adapt their working methods. Analysts expect a significant number of users to deny that permission once it requires their assent.
However, for the developers who have not submitted their data yet (hey, Google), Apple has announced that it will be compulsory for them to submit the details by the time of the next beta release of iOS, iPadOS, and tvOS.
Users will be offered with a prompt with selections to "Allow Tracking" or "Ask App not to Track" when opening apps that wish to keep track of their activity.
"Technology does not need vast troves of personal data stitched together across dozens of websites and apps in order to succeed". In the past year, Facebook's business has thrived despite the coronavirus pandemic and a boycott by several advertisers over hate speech on its platform.
The App Privacy addition to the App Store may have an impact in whether users download an app, as 57% indicated they would't download apps that collect "too much personal information like location or financial info". Only 14% said they weren't concerned at all by tracking.
In August, when Facebook first warned of the coming Apple change, it pointed to Facebook Audience Network, a small part of its business that facilitates ad placements on websites and apps. "To make ends meet, many will have to start charging you subscription fees or adding more in-app purchases, making the internet much more expensive and reducing high-quality free content", the ad read, referring to losses endured by apps that rely on advertising revenue. It did not identify which apps. We've got privacy-that is huge.