Apple’s iOS 15 is finally here, along with new privacy features for iPhone. Two of the best, in my opinion, are Apple’s messaging feature Mail privacy protection, and the iPhone app privacy report.
Unfortunately, the app’s privacy report is not yet 100% functional: the user interface of the report itself will be available in a future iOS 15 update. Nevertheless, it’s worth preparing the feature on your iPhone when it’s ready. If you are technical enough, you can read the report now.
First of all. Make sure you’ve downloaded iOS 15 in Settings> General> Software Update. Then you can try out these awesome new iPhone features.
Mail privacy protection
The first iOS 15 feature to try out now is Email Privacy Protection, a way to keep your email safe from marketers. You might not know that every time you receive an email marketers may collect information including your IP address, if you opened it and if you clicked on their website.
Apple’s response to prevent this – Mail Privacy Protection – will appear when you access your mail during the first update to iOS 15, where you will have the option to “Protect Mail Activity” .
If you didn’t do so when upgrading to iOS 15, you can access Email Privacy Protection in your settings by going to Settings> Mail> Email Privacy Protection and make sure you activate Protect e-mail activity.
Application privacy report
Also new to iOS 15 is the App Privacy Report, which improves iPhone privacy and builds on the transparency of Apple’s app tracking by showing which permissions apps access and how often. like your camera or microphone. Of course, it can be useful for an app to access permissions, but a weather app shouldn’t need to access your camera.
Like the Application Tracking Transparency feature that stops unwanted tracking, the Application Privacy Report gives you more control over permissions and the power to revoke them if necessary. It also shows when apps follow you through other apps and websites.
To enable the iOS 15 app privacy report, go to your iPhone’s Settings> Privacy and scroll to the bottom and enable Record app activity. The iPhone’s setting will save a seven-day report for you to send to yourself and review.
Now for the detail that a lot of people don’t realize. The full functionality of the App Privacy Report is not yet ready as I found out when I tried it on my iPhone. You can enable the feature in iOS 15 and download the Seven Day Report, but you’ll need to open it on a PC or Mac and paste it into a text editor to read it.
The nicer and easier to understand interface will be available in a later version of iOS 15. “The user interface that renders the raw file is missing at this time; there is no standard way to view this file on the iPhone ”, security researcher Tommy Mysk said. “You have to download it and then view it on a PC, or open it with a text editing app on the iPhone, but you have to be an advanced user.”
IOS 15 features are great for iPhone privacy
The launch of iOS 15 is great for iPhone privacy, and I hope you’re as excited about these new features as I am. Watch the video at the top for a visual guide and follow the simple steps to activate them now.