To put it mildly, European mobile carriers are not passionate about Apple’s iOS 15 feature, which is still in beta last summer, for the Private Repeater. THE now leaked details According to a letter signed jointly last August, the continent’s largest service provider called on the European Commission to consider taking urgent action against the system, which they said threatened Europe’s digital sovereignty.
The Private Repeater, released in iOS 15, essentially builds a VPN-like connection to iPhones that Apple says no one in the communications chain can access information about what content a subscriber is consuming on the device, or through some of its interfaces (Safari web browser, email client).
To determine how the Private Repeater feature works on the Apple website, follow these steps:
When you browse the Internet, information about web traffic, such as DNS records, IP addresses, and the websites you visit, is normally visible to your network operator. The information can be used to identify you and, over time, to create a profile of you with your location and browsing history. The iCloud Private Repeater protects your privacy by letting anyone – not even Apple – see who you are and what websites you visit when you surf the web.
Due to the above, network operators do not receive a number of metadata that are essential for the operation of certain services, and also make network optimization significantly more difficult for service providers. In connection with the former, Hungarian mobile operators have already indicated in several forums that their thematic data options (eg unlimited music or social options) do not work properly if the Private Repeater feature is turned on on the iPhone connected to the network.
Although VPN services that work on a similar principle have been widely used for years, with the Private Repeater, Apple can reach a huge user base, and the unified action of service providers is not surprising in light of this. In addition to trying to influence European regulations, companies can now trust that Apple will continue to operate the Private Repeater on an opt-in basis after the service is out of beta.
The Private Repeater is also restricted by Apple in several countries, typically anti-democratic ones, under an agreement with the local government, so the system is not available in China, Belarus, Uganda or Colombia, among others.
Source: HWSW Informatikai Hírmagazin by www.hwsw.hu.
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