Even if Google is the world’s most popular search engine and therefore an important voice in determining the fundamental workings of websites, Apple has an excellent argument for keeping some of his ambitions at bay, especially those related to web privacy.
According to a report published by Business Insider, Google’s plans for capturing data on the web, have not been able to develop as the company would since indirectly, they depend on acceptance of Apple’s Safari.
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“Google is by far the most important player in standards organizations and therefore, directly or indirectly, Google has a big influence on the definition of the neutral web“
“Somehow, honestly, somehow falsely, Google can say: we only do what defines the web, and everyone deviates from what is really the Web… In large part because… Google exceeds the number of people in standards bodies ten to one“
To put this clarifying explanation into practice, Ghosh quotes the Bluetooth web API example. This feature would allow web apps to control local Bluetooth devices, which could be great, but it would also create significant privacy concerns, allowing a user’s location to be tracked in real time.
“Chrome and Edge implement it, but Apple refused to do so in Safari, and the company’s WebKit director described it as “scary.”
Peter Snyder, privacy manager at software analyst Brave, said Safari, due to its size, can essentially prevent Google from breaking new standards through the W3C.
“Although Safari is not Chrome, it is big and important, and for many reasons sites should work in Safari … If Safari says: We think it’s bad and it’s crossing hands, that’s a huge obstacle to the rest of the web says: Well let’s use this anyway “
The Apple user density has succeeded in defeating Google on several occasions, such as the one that shows that while Safari does not have the same recognition as the famous search engine, its influence as a retaining wall is undeniable.