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Apple's data collection in iOS 10 will be opt-in

A few new details have emerged about how Apple's differential privacy feature will work for customers in iOS 10. The feature will allow Apple to collect a lot of data without compromising user privacy and will apparently require people to opt-in to it in order for data to be collected. Additionally, according to this new report, Apple will be focused on collecting data from a small number of areas at first.

From Recode:

As for what data is being collected, Apple says that differential privacy will initially be limited to four specific use cases: New words that users add to their local dictionaries, emojis typed by the user (so that Apple can suggest emoji replacements), deep links used inside apps (provided they are marked for public indexing) and lookup hints within notes.

A more conservative rollout for differential privacy, focusing on a few key areas, isn't surprising. Apple is taking a similar stance as it opens Siri to third-party developers. That feature is limited to a handful of different app types.

Recode also reports that Apple hasn't been collecting any of this data previously, and affirms that differential privacy will indeed be new with iOS 10. The system is currently in developer beta, with a public release set for this fall.

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.

10 Comments
  • Good to have some choice. Thanks for the heads up!
  • Kind of goes against the idea of differential privacy where services are being improved whilst ensuring privacy. I want Apple to continually improve their services. I rather this be opt-out.
  • .....ok...
  • If it's opt in open up the data collection fully. I don't want handicapped services. Convenience is more important to me.
  • I agree. I feel like Apple will be left when it comes to artificial if it doesn't stop all this barking about privacy. For example, voice recognition on competing services is miles ahead of Siri. Siri being local can only do so much.
  • Good. That's the way it should be.
  • Yeah there is no opt out for Google /s
  • Well Apple can no longer accuse Google of collecting data now. Sent from the iMore App
  • Bhatech...you have n idea what you're talking about. Period. Sent from the iMore App
  • No issues whatsoever, I give google access to everything already so happy to let Apple join the club