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Safari in New Versions of iOS and macOS Includes Full Third-Party Cookie Blocking - MacRumors

Safari in New Versions of iOS and macOS Includes Full Third-Party Cookie Blocking - MacRumors

Safari in New Versions of iOS and macOS Includes Full Third-Party Cookie Blocking - MacRumors

Posted: 24 Mar 2020 11:35 AM PDT

Safari in macOS 10.15.4 and iOS and iPadOS 13.4 includes enhancements to Apple's Intelligent Tracking Prevention feature that allow for full third-party cookie blocking, Apple's WebKit team said today in a new blog post.

Cookies for cross-site resources are blocked by default in the new versions of Safari, introducing significant privacy improvements because it further cuts down on cross-site tracking functionality.

It might seem like a bigger change than it is. But we've added so many restrictions to ITP since its initial release in 2017 that we are now at a place where most third-party cookies are already blocked in Safari. To keep supporting cross-site integration, we shipped the Storage Access API two years ago to provide the means for authenticated embeds to get cookie access with mandatory user control. It is going through the standards process in the W3C Privacy Community Group right now.

The new cookie blocking feature makes sure there's no Intelligent Tracking Prevention state that can be detected through cookie blocking behavior as it removes statefulness, and it also prevents an attacker from seeing ITP status.

Safari's default cookie policy requires a third-party to have "seeded" its cookie jar as first-party before it can use cookies as third-party. This means the absence of cookies in a third-party request can be due to ITP blocking existing cookies or the default cookie policy blocking cookies because the user never visited the website, the website's cookies have expired, or because the user or ITP has explicitly deleted the website's cookies.

Thus, the absence of cookies in a third-party request outside the attacker's control is not proof that the third-party domain is classified by ITP.

Safari is the first mainstream browser to fully block third-party cookies by default, and Apple's WebKit team wants to pave the way for other browsers to do the same, so it plans to report on the experiences of full third-party cookie blocking to W3C privacy groups in an effort to help other browsers make the change as well.

More info on the changes implemented in Safari for iOS, ‌iPadOS‌, and macOS today can be found in the full blog post.

This Whiz Kid Developer's Virtual Safari Guide Makes Sure You Spot Animals - OZY

Posted: 11 Apr 2020 07:59 PM PDT


Because he's changing how you spot animals in the wild.

On a quiet afternoon drive in search of wildlife in the Letaba area of Kruger National Park, things came to a head. Desperate never to miss a sighting, teenage Nadav Ossendryver would beg his parents to stop every oncoming vehicle to ask the occupants what animals they'd seen. On that day in 2011, their ninth trip to South Africa's 7,500-square-mile park, this tactic was wearing thin — on Ossendryver and his long-suffering family members. "There must be a better way of doing this," the youngster thought to himself as he sat around a campfire later that evening.

Nine years later, Latest Sightings — the wildlife spotting app and community that was born out of that adolescent frustration — has more than 100,000 members and four full-time employees. Its YouTube channel recently hit 1 billion views, making it South Africa's most-watched channel of any genre. Ossendryver, 23, is working on expanding the app's footprint beyond South Africa and even into anticipating sightings before they happen. While the venture capital vultures are circling, Ossendryver is having none of it. "I want to grow the company how I want to grow it," he says.


In terms of technology, "the app is not revolutionary in any way," says Arthur Goldstuck, a tech commentator who has followed Ossendryver's career closely. "What makes it so effective is Nadav himself and his passion for sharing wildlife with his community."

Having one of the first videos he uploaded to YouTube go viral might sound like a massive stroke of luck — but you make your own luck.

"I love the Kruger far more than I love IT," agrees Ossendryver, explaining that computers have always been a means to an end. Like the time, at age 12, when he invented a bot that could enter online competitions a million times per hour. He won several prizes this way, including an iPhone.

The wildlife bug bit on an impromptu safari taken soon after the family returned to South Africa from Israel when Ossendryver was 8. After begging to see lions "every second of the trip," his wish was eventually granted on their last morning in the park when they got a pride sighting. "That's when I fell in love with the bush."

The two passions merged in 2011, when he built both a rudimentary blog and a web-based app that enabled users to upload geotagged photos of their wildlife sightings in real time. But still Ossendryver doesn't consider himself a tech prodigy. "I write code one line at a time," he laughs. "Every time I get stuck I just Google stuff."

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The then-teenager next took advantage of the long school vacation to launch a sustained Twitter campaign, to build users without a marketing budget. By constantly scanning "like 100 hashtags" (#kruger, #lion, you get the picture) he was able to target people currently in the park. "Did you see the lion?" he'd tweet. "Now go see the leopard." Then, he'd invite them to join the Latest Sightings community.

Towards the end of the six-week vacation, his one-man marketing campaign received a major boost when the region was hit by massive floods. Being "the only ones who had the photos in real time," says Ossendryver, had reporters clamoring for Latest Sightings' pics. By the time the new school year had begun, Latest Sightings had 30,000 users.

"The tools Nadav uses are available to everyone," says Goldstuck, but the way he uses them shows "a very special mind at work."

Ossendryver hadn't given any thought to monetization, but soon a potential revenue stream emerged from the savannah. Having one of the first videos he uploaded to YouTube go viral might sound like a massive stroke of luck — but you make your own luck. The 15-year-old knew that YouTube's algorithm would prioritize anything referencing the Battle at Kruger which had broken the internet five years prior, and that few users would know what a "terrapin" is. Not much happens in "Battle at Kruger – Crocodile vs Tortoises – Continuation!" but it garnered 111,000 views and got Ossendryver an invite to join YouTube's partner program.

Since then, Latest Sightings has reeled in some serious cash. The company takes a 60 percent cut while the rest goes to the owner of the video. This "generous model," says Goldstuck (Apple works on 90/10), has encouraged users to collaborate and is vital to Latest Sightings' success. Ossendryver says contributors can bring in upwards of $10,000 per video, but he won't share revenue for the company.

Not everyone is a fan. South African National Parks have occasionally accused the app of contributing to speeding and traffic congestion in the park and there have been suggestions that it might be used by poachers to find animals. But Ossendryver has not allowed a single rhino sighting to appear on the app. And while Professor Peet van der Merwe of North-West University's tourism department thinks the parks department might have a point about congestion, he "doesn't buy" the speeding rap and believes the app could actually be used to combat poaching. "Technology is here to stay," he says. "So let's use it for conservation purposes."

Ossendryver says he'd happily work with the authorities to iron out problems, but he's focused for now on what he can control. To keep up with YouTube's algorithm, he is forced to upload a video a week. It isn't easy to churn out viral videos at this rate. Growing his community and expanding the app's footprint to new parks are the two most obvious ways to improve the hit/miss ratio.


As of February the app had grown to 105,000 registered users. He also has 7,000 active spotters across 30-plus WhatsApp groups. ("Old-school people don't like apps.") At the moment, hardly any sightings are coming through because of South Africa's strict coronavirus lockdown. But once the virus fades, Ossendryver plans on taking the app — now also popular in one other South African park — to Kenya, India and elsewhere.

And, he adds matter-of-factly, he's teaching himself statistics. "When I'm in the park I know that I use statistics to spot more game than most people. But I'd love to really analyze the trends and add a predictive element to the app. Anyway," he laughs. "Maybe nothing will come of it."

Maybe so. But we all know what happened the last time he had a bright idea during a game drive.


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