In Russia, Apple users have disabled the function that encrypts traffic

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In Russia, Apple users have disabled the function that encrypts traffic

Apple has closed access to the new Private Relay feature for Russian users. This is the ability to hide the IP address and encrypt traffic when storing data in the cloud. It appeared in beta versions of iOS 15 and macOS 12 Monterey operating systems. According to users, when trying to connect to the service, the device shows a notification about “current restrictions of local laws.”

After the official release of the new operating systems, the “Private Node” will be available to users who have a subscription to additional space in the iCloud storage – iCloud Plus. The function hides the real IP address and encrypts traffic similar to VPN.

The service redirects traffic through two servers: first, Apple changes the real address to its own, and then sends an encrypted request from this name to the desired site to the server of a third-party operator.

In such a scheme, Apple itself cannot know which site the user is visiting. “This separation of information allows you to protect the privacy of the user, because no one can determine the data about the user and the sites they visit, and then also establish a correspondence between them,” – TJournal quoted the release from the presentation of the new function. The company itself positions “Private Site” as protecting the user from being tracked by advertising applications.

After the presentation of the new function in June, it became known that it will not be available in China, Belarus, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Colombia, Saudi Arabia, Turkmenistan, Uganda, the Philippines and South Africa. Nothing was said about the ban in Russia – users could freely test the new function.

It was turned off after a call from Apple and Google representatives to the Federation Council on September 16. Senators urged companies to remove opposition leader Alexei Navalny's app. The requirements to disable the “Private Node” have not been previously reported.

On September 17, Apple and Google removed the Navalny app from their stores. Earlier, an Apple representative said that the program from the App Store could not be removed due to “legal subtleties.” Navalny's own website was blocked in Russia in July.

On September 7, links to Navalny's Smart Voting project disappeared from Google and Yandex search results – after it was blocked by Roskomnadzor for links with opposition structures.

Also, on the night of September 16, Russia blocked access to the free office service Google Docs and the Telegraph blog platform, and by morning the blocking had stopped.

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