According to a recent report, Google is considering implementing similar privacy requirements for Apple’s App. However, in its implementation, it may be less stringent than Apple. Since iOS 14.5, iPadOS 14.5 and tvOS 14.5 (currently in beta), Apple requires developers to obtain user consent in order to track their activities in other applications and websites or access random advertising identifiers for their devices.
When you open an application that you want to track its activities, you will be clearly prompted, and there should be an optional prompt that includes “allow tracking” or “require application not to track”.
Although this approach is resisted by advertisers and some App developers, it is very good news for users. Therefore, Google is also considering adding similar measures to its own ecosystem, but relative to Apple’s mandatory requirements, they may proceed in a “less strict” manner.
According to inside reports, in order to satisfy advertisers while taking into account privacy protection requirements, discussions surrounding the Google Android solution indicate that the solution may be similar to the planned Chrome browser. The company said in 2020 that it intends to phase out third-party cookies in Chrome within two years. Google reiterated the plan earlier this year.
Cookies are a way for websites to track web users and provide them with more personalized advertisements. A Google spokesperson said…”We are always looking for ways to work with developers to improve privacy standards while building a healthy, ad-supported application ecosystem.”
Google has a web-based solution called the “Privacy Sandbox”. This allows advertisers to target people with similar interests instead of individuals. The report says Google may adopt a similar approach on Android.
At present, the protection of personal privacy has so much attention. In the era of network + big data, manufacturers are also constantly studying new protection methods. For Google, it is harder to actually do this than Apple. Due to its business model, it will need much more data to implement this change. Therefore, it is also an inevitable action to seek a way to balance the protection of privacy and the interests of advertisers.
Apple and Facebook have been at loggerheads because of Apple’s latest privacy policies. This policy is bad for advertisers and it may significantly affect Facebook’s revenue. Nevertheless, users are quite happy with Apple’s decision to prioritize privacy.