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Apple's iCloud+ "private relay"

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I was wondering what your thoughts are on Apple's new "private relay" feature.

"As detailed by Apple, iCloud Private Relay encrypts traffic leaving a device then routes requests through two relays "so that no one — including Apple — can use" or access a device's IP address, location, and browsing activity. More specifically, web traffic is first sent to an Apple server and stripped of its IP address. It then travels to a second server maintained by a third-party operator, where a temporary IP address is assigned before being sent on to a final destination."

They wouldn't say yet who their third-party operator is.

*edit*

found this article https://fossbytes.com/apples-icoud-private-relay-vs-vpn/ 
and it brings forth more clarity on the matter, e.g. this feature only works with Safari.

I am still curious to the applied method; request of a desired site is supposedly encrypted on device, then sent through an iCloud server to a third-party which is supposed to decrypt it, carry out the original request for the user, encrypt the received user-request and send it back to the user where it's encrypted again..

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So: iPhone -----> Apple ("strip" IP, definitely a proxy) -----> mysterious 3rd party (proxy/VPN) -----> destination?
Only on Safari. Well.

What the article doesn't tell is that this won't be available in China, Kazachstan, Saudi Arabia and a few other countries. What's the point if the countries in which you need such a feature the most are not included?


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typical double-speech from Apple, I remember when the Taiwan flag crashed iOS to appease China..

But I'm more interested in the method itself. It's sounds like using two Proxy-Providers, but somehow independent to provide anonymity?

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