Google is adopting privacy changes on Android similar to the ones Apple made on iPhone that cost Facebook billions of dollars
- It's similar to a change
Applemade last year to iPhone, which stops apps from tracking you across apps.
In April 2021, Apple enabled iPhone users to choose which apps are allowed to track their behavior across other apps. As a result, the vast majority of users opted out.
Now, Google is following Apple's lead by introducing
"Today, we're announcing a multi-year initiative...with the goal of introducing new, more private
The privacy changes to Android, like Apple, "will limit sharing of user data with third parties and operate without cross-app identifiers," Chavez said.
The changes aren't intended to go into place fully for "at least two years," he said, while Google works with partners to implement it.
When it does go into effect, it's likely to have a major impact on the bottom line of ad-based businesses like Facebook's parent company
Meta said it stands to lose $10 billion this year due to the small but impactful change made by Apple.
That's because Meta's primary source of revenue is its advertising business, which is built on the massive database of user information it has from operating some of the world's largest social platforms: Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp.
Beyond ad tracking on smartphones, Meta is facing other major challenges to its bottom line: Facebook reported its first-ever decrease in users this past quarter, and Meta's stock took a major hit as a result — it dropped by nearly $100 per share in one day, effectively wiping out $230 billion in market value.
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