Who cares about our online privacy?
To anyone who does business with our data. The only company that defends the privacy of its users is Apple, and the reason is very simple: it makes so much money from the products and services it sells that it does not need to sell its customers’ data as well.
But I recognize that Apple is to be appreciated for defending the privacy of its customers.
Recently there has been a great stir with an option that Apple offers in the new version of iOS 15. In this version Apple offers a facility that it has called Private Relay and that when it is selected no one can know the user’s browsing preferences, not even the telecommunications operating companies.
And here is the spark that has lit the fire, because there are hundreds of millions of mobiles (which one day will become more than a billion) from which no one will be able to obtain their navigation data, and therefore those company’s Operators will stop making money from the sale of the information on that data.
The main European companies (Movistar, Vodafone and Orange) and North American (T-Mobile) have complained to the corresponding authorities to prohibit this function of Apple, arguing that it negatively affects the ability of operators to efficiently manage telecommunications networks .
A lie that even they do not believe, because what they’re doing is defending their business model to continue obtaining the browsing data of their clients and be able to sell them to whoever may be interested. At stake is a lot of money.
The option that Apple has put in IOS 15 works like a VPN, and when someone activates it on their mobile, nobody can know the movements that they carry out online, not even Apple.
There are many VPNs in operation, but the total number of people who use them are very few compared to the billions of mobiles that exist. And that’s where the problem lies. If this operation expands, in a few years the operators (and governments) will stop knowing where we are moving.
In fact, this Apple option is not enabled for China, Saudi Arabia and other dictatorial countries that control their citizens. Apple also bows to the powerful to sell its products in the countries they dominate. No one here is innocent.
And the question that arises is: What do you think the politicians are going to do? Defend the privacy of users or the business of the operators so that they continue to sell our data?