Why I disabled advanced tracking and fingerprinting protection in Safari

Created on November 12, 2023 at 11:10 am

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 .

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