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Safari in iOS sends some safe browsing data to Tencent



Concern is about what Tencent could do with this data, as you can imagine. Both Google and Tencent may log IP addresses for their anti-phishing systems to work. However, Tencent's frequent cooperation with the Chinese government raises concerns that its data could be used for surveillance or other nefarious purposes. Johns Hopkins University Professor Matthew Green noted that a malicious provider could theoretically use Google's Safe Browsing approach to anonymize someone by linking site requests. As long as Tencent's method is similar, it could provide a way to identify users as the Chinese government pressures them to expose dissidents.

We asked Apple for a comment.

You can disable the fraudulent site warning (in Settings)> Safari) as long as you're willing to accept less vigilance over sketchy pages. The problem is that Apple enables the feature by default without notifying users, not just specifying where Tencent works. Nor does it help users worry about China's impact on technology. Between Apple's decision to remove a Hong Kong protest app and Blizzard's ban on a Pro Hong Kong player Hearthstone Apple and Tencent may find it difficult to escape control regardless of their behavior.


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