Apple says iPhone privacy feature remains active amid network fight



Apple has needed to make clear that iCloud Private Relay had not been modified due to a dispute with cell phone operators.

Some customers had reported that the feature stopped working whereas they have been on mobile connections.

Private Relay was launched in iOS 15 and is in beta as part of Apple’s iCloud+ subscription, and works equally to a VPN.

The information comes after cell phone operators urged regulators to make Apple ban the feature as a result of it will cease them accessing knowledge.

“iCloud Private Relay is an innovative internet privacy service that allows users with an iCloud+ subscription to connect to the internet and browse with Safari in a more secure and private way. We have rolled Private Relay out in beta and it’s available in most countries around the world. No carrier partners have blocked their users from taking advantage of Private Relay”, Apple advised 9to5Mac.

“No changes were made to iCloud Private Relay in iOS 15.2 that would have toggled the feature off. Users are encouraged to check their Settings to see if Private Relay is enabled on their device or for a specific network.”

Apple iCloud+ subscribers can allow the feature of their iCloud Settings menu, and making certain that the “Limit IP Address Tracking” possibility is enabled.

“Apple doesn’t change customers’ settings when they update to iOS 15.2. Customers may see an error message if they previously toggled iCloud Private Relay or Limit IP Address Tracking off in their Cellular Data Options Settings”, T-Mobile mentioned in an announcement, after it claimed a bug in Apple’s software program brought about the feature to be disabled.

Apple additionally modified the wording for its iCloud Private Relay feature within the iOS 15.3 beta to make clear that it isn’t due to lack of service assist.

Before the change, the message learn: “Private Relay is turned off for your cellular plan. Your cellular plan doesn’t support ‌iCloud‌ Private Relay. With ‌iCloud‌ Private Relay turned off, this network can monitor your internet activity, and your IP address is not hidden from known trackers or websites.”

However, as noticed by MacRumours, it now reads: “Private Relay is turned off for your cellular plan. Private Relay is either not supported by your cellular plan or has been turned off in Cellular Settings. With Private Relay turned off, this network can monitor your internet activity, and your IP address is not hidden from known trackers or websites.”

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