“The change is part of Apple’s efforts in the privacy push, and it marks another step in the feud with Facebook and other services that rely on data collection”
According to a report from The Information, Apple is planning to restrict how messaging apps implement voice calling functionality, which allows mobile software to collect data while running in the background. Moving forward, the Cupertino giant will require background access only for VoIP calls but for nothing else. This change will bring a significant impact on messaging apps like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. Both the apps use Apple developer tools as a workaround to iOS restriction so that the feature in question functions in the background while it’s not actively used. WhatsApp, as per The Information, uses the current VoIP call tech for implementing end-to-end encryption.
Moreover, the report also suggests that Snapchat and WeChat rely on the current VoIP tech for voice calls. The change is part of Apple’s efforts in the privacy push, and it marks another step in the feud with Facebook and other services that rely on data collection. However, Facebook claims that it never used the specific API for data collection. The company spokesperson in a statement said, “To be clear — we are using the PushKit VoIP API to deliver a world-class, private messaging experience, not to collect data.”
The Information states that developers have until April 2020 to update any apps making use of the VoIP API inline with Apple’s new restrictions. iOS 13 will include a new “Sign in With Apple” feature that will let users log in to apps and services without revealing their actual email address. This will be competing with the sign-in button from Facebook that allows it to collect information on which third-party services its users log into.