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Peter Eckersley, technology products director with digital rights advocacy group the Electronic Frontier Foundation told AppleInsider that this bug in iOS 6 is a serious privacy and security vulnerability that should be addressed right away. “It is a security issue, it is a privacy issue, and it is a trust issue,” said Eckersley. “Can you trust the UI to do what you told it to do? It’s certainly a bug that needs to be fixed urgently.”
Security firm Intego associate Lysa Myers told AppleInsider that the bug isn’t really a major concern for the vast majority of iOS device owners.
Eckersley also pointed out that Apple doesn’t allow third party plug-ins for the mobile Safari browser that might help with private browsing, so there is no good way to protect your privacy when using a mobile device.
“At this point, our advice for browsing the mobile web in private is: Don’t do it,” he said. “If you need privacy while you browse, use a desktop browser.”