Apple’s routing of users’ data to Google could be breaking EU law
Recent report that Apple’s Safari browser sends information about sites users are visiting to Google and Tencent to check for fraudulent pages raised a lot of concerns across the world. The report from ReclaimTheNet argued in particular that Apple sends IP addresses from users on the Chinese mainland of its Safari browser on iOS to Chinese conglomerate Tencent – a company with close ties to the Chinese government. After that Apple responded this mechanism was designed to protect the privacy of users, some experts say this may break a key privacy law in the European Union because users do not give their explicit consent to their data being shared in this way. According to Fortune, the law Apple might be breaking is EU’s ePrivacy Directive of 2002.