Google and the IP addresses
If you have activated the “Fraud warning” function in the Safari settings on an iPhone or iPad, you will receive a warning if a dubious website is accessed. Two providers are used: If the user has set China as the region on the device, the Tencent database is used – in all other cases it is the “Google Safe Browsing” service. This checks whether a page contains malware, is phishing or is dangerous for other reasons. Google does not see which URL the user wants to access, but it may collect the IP address. Apple is putting an end to this with iOS and iPadOS 14.5.
iOS 14.5 does not pass on IP addresses
Some users on Reddit noticed that a new url was used for inbound and outbound connections with a device running the iOS 14.5 beta: “proxy.safebrowsing.apple”. Apple forwards the information provided via Google Safe Browsing to its own servers and thus limits the data that Google receives:
If users want to ensure that Google does not acquire any data on surfing behavior, they have to deactivate the function completely. Now Apple is taking another measure to strengthen user privacy.