Why I disabled advanced tracking and fingerprinting protection in Safari

By admin
Why I disabled advanced tracking and fingerprinting protection in

Safari
ORG


October 23 2023
DATE

Advanced tracking and fingerprinting protection is a new feature of

Safari 17
ORG

that’s enabled by default in private browsing on iOS and

macOS
ORG

. I analyzed the details of this feature after it was introduced back in

June
DATE

at

Apple’s
ORG


Worldwide Developers Conference
ORG

(WWDC). Despite the fact that I’m obviously interested in protection from tracking and fingerprinting, I’ve decided to disable the new feature in

Safari
GPE

.

I have

two
CARDINAL

reasons.

First
ORDINAL

, my

Safari
ORG

extension StopTheMadness is better in a number of ways and basically makes advanced tracking and fingerprinting protection redundant.


Second
ORDINAL

, "If this page is not displaying as expected, you can reduce advanced privacy protections which may resolve issues."

Every time I reload a web page. Every. Damn. Time. And I can’t find a way to stop the warning. Reverse engineering

Safari
ORG

, I don’t believe there is a way. Back in

July
DATE

, I filed feedback with

Apple
ORG

: (FB12568629) Permanently suppress popup "If this page is not displaying as expected, you can reduce advanced privacy protections which may resolve issues." Unfortunately, nothing was done with my feedback.

It feels like there’s nobody left at

Apple
ORG

who cares—or is allowed to care—about user interface design. The company’s priorities come from the top, and in stark contrast to the previous CEO

Steve Jobs
PERSON

, the current CEO

Tim Cook
PERSON

does not care. I’m sure that

Cook
PERSON

cares about many things, but not about user interface design. Through countless personnel decisions since taking over in

2011
DATE

,

Cook
PERSON

has put his personal stamp on

Apple
ORG

, in the process stamping out the user-friendly design sense that made

Apple
ORG

famous. It’s a shame, because few other tech companies care about design, and now

Apple
ORG

is just another tech company, not special except for its size and revenue.


A few days ago
DATE

, I blogged about how

Safari
PERSON

17 finally added an

Always
ORG

Allow option to its long-standing dialog that asks, "Do you want to allow this website to open [app name]?" In

Safari
PERSON

16 and earlier the dialog was shown every time, and the only options were Cancel and Allow. My search of the web indicates that the dialog was introduced in

Safari
ORG

10.0.2, back in

2016
DATE

. Thus, it took

Apple
ORG


seven years
DATE

to allow the user to opt out of these annoying warnings. I’m not going to wait

another seven years
DATE

to opt out of the advanced tracking and fingerprinting protection warnings, so I’m opting out of advanced tracking and fingerprinting protection entirely. Perhaps I’ll take another look at the feature in

2030
DATE

.