With the continued push to user’s privacy, Apple will only allow background access to be used for VoIP calls and nothing else. The background access by the most of apps allows mobile software to collect data.
With this change, the company is tightening its rules against user’s privacy. The change will have a bigger impact on messaging apps including Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp that highly rely on background access. According to Apple, both of these apps use an Apple developer tool to bypass iOS restrictions, so that they can run features in the background while the apps aren’t actively used. For instance, WhatsApp relies on VoIP call technology to provide end-to-end encryption.
The new change is part of Apple privacy push that the Cupertino-based iPhone maker announced at its annual WWDC 2019 conference, in the ongoing battle with Facebook and other apps that collect data to later sell it. On the contrary, Facebook has claimed that the company has never collected data to make money.
Apple wants to position itself as the privacy-first focused company willing to kill unethical data collection practices. As a result of this, the new iOS 13, will allow users with their Apple ID to quickly sign-in to apps and websites, instead of using a social media account or filling up a new form.
The tech giant said it will protect users’ privacy by providing developers with a unique random ID. Even in cases where developers choose to ask for a name and email address, users have the option to keep their email address private and share a unique random email address instead.