New operating systems powering Apple mobile devices and computers will include features designed to stop cookies.
Apple released this news at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) Monday as it reacted to a growing focus on protecting privacy following a Facebook data scandal and new rules being enforced by the European Union for online services.
“Turns out ‘like’ buttons and ‘comment’ fields can be used to track you, so this year we are shutting that down,” Apple senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi said at the WWDC in Silicon Valley.
New MacOS Mojave and iOS 12 software that will release later this year will also make it harder to use trackers to create “unique fingerprints” by gleaning data about devices being used, Federighi said.
“It will become dramatically more difficult for data companies to identify your device and track you,” Federighi said. “We are bringing all these protections to both Mojave and iOS 12.”