Apple recently came under fire after the company was discovered to have been sending its consumers’ Safari browsing data to a Chinese company. Specifically, the data was being sent to Tencent, and included information such as the websites visited, and the IP address of each iOS user.
In light of this revelation, Apple has responded to the allegations. Saying that the safe browsing feature by Tencent only affects devices sets within the China region, while devices outside of China are checked and verified by Google instead.
Apple also clarified that the actual URL of a website is never shared with the safe browsing provider and that the feature can be turned off. To disable it, iPhone users need only enter the Privacy and Security section and toggling the Fraudulent Website Warning option. Bear in mind, if you do this, Apple will not be able to verify the websites you visit against Google or Tencent’s lists.