From macOS Sonoma: Let Safari remove the tracking parameters from URLs

In the new Apple operating systems introduced during the WWDC23 keynote were presented, the SafariWeb browser Remove so-called tracking parameters from URLs. This means that no user-related information is transmitted via the link clicked. This applies not only to links that lead from one website to another, but also to links from emails or messages. In addition to iOS 17 and iPadOS 17, you can Advanced tracking and fingerprinting protection also enable in macOS 14 Sonoma. The default setting is for use in private windows, but tracking parameters can also be removed during regular surfing.

A video on Apple's developer website explains Safari's new privacy feature. In addition to the new mobile systems, this is also used in macOS 14. Here's how to activate it.
A video on Apple's developer website explains Safari's new privacy feature. In addition to the new mobile systems, this is also used in macOS 14. Here's how to activate it.

Have Safari remove tracking parameters from URLs

The new data protection option is not (yet) a system-wide function. That's why you don't get there via the Mac's system settings, but via the settings of the Safari app. If you use the new function in the macOS Sonoma Beta try it out or activate it in the official upgrade version from autumn, then proceed as follows:

  1. Opens the Safari app on your Mac
  2. Click on the item in the menu bar safari an
  3. Choose from its drop-down menu Settings ... from
  4. In the Safari settings you now click on the tab Erweitert an
  5. Put a tick in the "Privacy" section Use advanced tracking and fingerprinting protection (I'm sure it will be translated before release) and next to it select either "in private browsing" or "in all browsing".
In the Safari settings, select the "Advanced" tab and select the new function under "Privacy". You can set whether the tracking parameters should only be removed from the URL for private browsing or for every browsing.
In the Safari settings, select the “Advanced” tab and select the new function under “Privacy”. You can set whether the tracking parameters should only be removed from the URL for private browsing or for every browsing.

Video on new privacy efforts on developer site

Apple has published a comprehensive video for developers on the subject of data protection as part of WWDC23. Among other things, it deals with the new function for removing tracking parameters in website links. You come to the video “What's new in privacy”. with this link. You can also watch the video in the developer app or in the WWDC app view and download for offline viewing. There will be separate posts later on other new Safari functions, such as creating and using profiles.

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