Apple Privacy Concern: iOS 13 restrict messaging app to access data

Privacy has always been a top priority for Apple. New iOS13 will have a new privacy feature that may probably hurt facebook. As new iOS 13 will restrict background access of the online calling functionality from all messaging apps, including Facebook’s Messenger and WhatsApp.

These messaging apps offer Voice over Internet Protocol calling or VoIP calling which utilize an ‘always-on’ behavior in order to answer calls more quickly by continuously running in the background. And in new iOS 13, Apple wants to stop that.

Apple iOS 13 privacy

Reasons behind the new feature of iOS13

The main reason for the change is due to device performance and users privacy. As when the user thinks the apps have been closed on a device while they still silently run in the background, raises a privacy concern for Apple

team and users as well.

In the past, it has also been reported that some companies use their apps to collect users data when running in the background.

Like in 2015, Facebook was found to be misusing VoIP in its main iOS app, even after the permission to do so were disabled.

According to the information, a representative from Facebook said that the changes to the upcoming iOS are not significant.

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As they didn’t collect any data via this method, clarifying that they use the PushKit VoIP API to deliver a world-class, private messaging experience, not for the purpose of collecting data. And the whole facebook team is in conversation with Apple on how best to address.

So, Apple has put privacy as a core part of its business.

Apple and Facebook conflict Issue

This has not been the first time that Apple and Facebook are in conflict over their approaches to privacy and customer protections.

In January, Apple took strong action against Facebook by removing the social media giant’s certificate for its Enterprise Developer Program.

This action has taken by Apple after the facebook have been revealed for improperly using the certificate to distribute an app that monitored user activity.