iOS 13 restrict the function used by Facebook and WhatsApp for VoIP calls

In its efforts to ensure user privacy, the next version of iOS Limit data collection practices, so Apple restricts an important part of the API to make calls, from applications such as Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, forcing them to be redesigned.

According to a report from The Information, collected by MacRumors, the change is because These applications use iOS to make voice calls over the Internet, through the PushKit VoIP API (Voice over internet protocol). These calls also run in the background, so Apple has decided to restrict them because they can also collect data.

The source indicated that with iOS 13 the activity in the background of Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp will be restricted only on the subject related to internet calls, so the collection of background data is not within your reach.

"The changes in the upcoming iOS releases are not insignificant, but we are in talks with Apple about the best way to address", a Facebook spokesman told The Information. * "To be clear, we are using the PushKit VoIP API ** to offer a world class private messenger experience * +, not for the purpose of collecting data" *.

The reinvention of iOS applications

The sources that spoke with The Information ensure that this change force Facebook to redesign its messenger applications and that he could have a "particularly strong impact" in WhatsApp. This messaging app apparently uses the Internet calling feature for many other functions, including end-to-end encryption.

Facebook says it is having conversations with Apple about how to address the upcoming changes in iOS 13. The Cupertino firm is making the change in iOS 13, but the developers will have until April 2020 to comply with the new rules.

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