With iOS 15, Apple added a feature called iCloud Private Relay. It allows iPhone and iPad owners to hide their real IP address. Many users find this innovation useful. However, major European mobile operators do not agree with them. According to The Telegraph, Vodafone, Telefonica and T-Mobile recently sent an open letter to the European Commission criticizing the new option.
Representatives of mobile operators say that iCloud Private Relay will prevent them from collecting the necessary data to maintain stable and efficient networks. In addition, the companies note that the new feature that appeared in iOS 15 undermines “European digital sovereignty.” For this reason, Vodafone, T-Mobile and Telefonica are demanding that the European Commission oblige Apple to disable this option.
Apple representatives have not yet officially reacted to such statements. However, it should be noted here that the iCloud Private Relay feature is currently still in the testing phase. For this reason, users need to activate it manually. However, after all tests have been completed, iCloud Private Relay should be enabled on all iPhones and iPads with an active iCloud+ subscription.
A source: The Telegraph