Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 12th Oct 2012 11:35 UTC
Apple Surprise, surprise - Apple, by default, tracks web browsing behaviour and location to better serve you ads. You have to specifically opt out of this tracking per individual iOS device that you own. Now we know why Apple has no problem with turning on 'Do Not Track' and not accepting tracking cookies by default: it has no effect on them whatsoever, because iOS 6 has its own independent user tracking mechanisms. Unlike what the Apple pundits claim, it's got nothing to do with respect for user privacy at all. Well paint me red and call me a girl scout: company selling ads tracks user behaviour. Shocker, huh?
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whartung
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2005-07-06

This seems to be about iAds, and not about Safari at all. AFAIK iAds isn't a generic web based ad network, but only for apps, and the opt out doesn't mention Safari at all. Safari has it's own switch to disable location tracking.

Where does it say that they're tracking web traffic?

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darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Where does it say that they're tracking web traffic?

And where do you think data about your interest would come from if not web browsing? This isn't really about your location (there's a separate switch in settings to disable iAd's location tracking) but about serving ads based on your interests. In order to do that, they *must* be gathering data about what you view and where you surf. What I wonder is, does this apply to non-Safari web browsers? The opt out page only works in Safari, and it is not using a User-Agent header to determine this. This in turn means Safari has at least some part in the tracking, otherwise the web page would work in other browsers when they're broadcasting an identical mobile Safari user-agent.

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whartung Member since:
2005-07-06

"Where does it say that they're tracking web traffic?

And where do you think data about your interest would come from if not web browsing? This isn't really about your location (there's a separate switch in settings to disable iAd's location tracking) but about serving ads based on your interests. In order to do that, they *must* be gathering data about what you view and where you surf.
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Could be based on App Store surfing and purchase history. The opt out page wants your iTunes account to perform the opt out. I'm sure someone, somewhere, has logged all of the traffic going and out of the phone, and if there were surreptitious traffic heading to trackme.apple.com, I'd like to think we'ns would have heard about it by now.

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