Apple today announced a new iCloud+ subscription service, one of the supporting features is Private Relay technology that masks user browsing. in a statement to Reuters Apple has confirmed that this feature will not be available in some countries including China.
Apple says Private Relay won’t be available in China when it goes public later this year. It will also not be available in Belarus, Colombia, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkmenistan, Uganda and the Philippines. The company states that these restrictions are due to regulatory reasons.
Apple says Private Relay is a feature designed to give users an extra layer of privacy when browsing the web. The company explains:
When browsing with Safari Private Relay, it ensures that all traffic leaving the user̵7;s device is encrypted. Therefore, no one between the user and the website they are visiting can access and read the information, not even Apple or the user’s carrier. All user requests are sent through two separate internet relays. It first assigns users an anonymous IP address that is matched to their region. but not the actual location of the user The second decrypts the web addresses they want to visit and forwards them to their destination. This separation of data protects user privacy. This is because no entity can determine who a user is and what site they visit.
The first relay is routed through a server maintained by Apple and the second is a third-party operator accordingly. Reuters Apple did not specify which third-party operators it uses, but Reuters said the company would disclose details in the future.
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