iOS 15 has brought many privacy-related features to Apple’s mobile operating system. One of them is the protection of mail privacy, which hides your IP address from web content in emails. This effectively blocks tracking pixels that can be embedded in email. This also works in tandem with iCloud Private Relay which hides your real IP address.
Unfortunately, it seems that Apple may have forgotten about the Apple Watch. According to a report by developer Mysk, they found that when users view their emails and download attachments from email via the Apple Watch, it doesn’t provide the same level of privacy protection as the iPhone.
Warning: The mail privacy protection introduced in iOS 15 does not apply to the Mail app on the Apple Watch. Both the Mail app and the notification viewer on the Apple Watch download remote content using your real IP address.#Cybersecurity #iOS pic.twitter.com/o0lh9rPQTd
– Mysk 🇨🇦🇩🇪 (@mysk_co) November 15, 2021
According to the tweet, when users open and retrieve email using the Apple Watch, or even view email via notifications on the Apple Watch, it is actually using your real IP address. This means that any protections you may have enabled on the iPhone, such as mail privacy protection, have been bypassed.
It seems that this could be Apple’s oversight. Maybe the company assumes that people aren’t actually checking their email on their smartwatches, or maybe they’ve completely forgotten about it. We hope this is something the company will address in future watchOS updates. Meanwhile, those who check your email on your watch, if you are particularly concerned about tracking and privacy, there is no solution other than disabling browsing.
Reported. Read more about Apple Watch, apps, iOS, iOS 15, iPhone, privacy, smartwatch and wearables. Source: macworld
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