Many companies and publishers run trackers and scripts on their websites to get a hold of visitors’ browsing behavior. It will give them an idea regarding the content that the user interacts with the most. It would then guarantee the publisher a higher chance of user interaction as those contents are curated according to the user’s online behavior. The result, on paper, seems to be beneficial to both the publishers and the users. On the other hand, the users will mostly get contents that fall in line with their interest. But in reality, the benefits accrued by the users come at a cost- a cost of putting their online privacy at risk. As a result, many users prefer to browse in a secure environment, where the trackers aren’t allowed to keep a tab on their online activities. In this regard, Safari has been doing quite a decent job for ages in blocking third-party trackers and scripts across various sites. However, till now, all its work was being carried out in the backend. But Safari made some tweaks to show the visual report about these trackers. These reports contain the website names tracking you in the past 30 days and the total number of trackers that those sites ran. It also lists the names of those trackers, who own them, and the number of sites across which they have left their mark. [related]Related: How to Check Privacy Report for Website on Safari?[/related] However, while Safari’s tracking prevention measures are quite commendable, the same cannot be said about its reports. It is an unnecessary addition for some, as they hardly ever look at the details of individual trackers and their associated sites. Moreover, the data collection for generating this reporting only adds more MBs to the overall browser data. Considering all this, many users wish to get rid of the Privacy Report on their Safari browser. If you are also on the same page, then this guide is here to help you out.
Disable Privacy Report on Safari
The Privacy Report is part of Safari’s privacy feature. If you want to disable it, you need to stop using Safari’s block cross-site tracking feature technically. Here are the steps to disable privacy reports from the Safari browser:
- Launch the Safari browser on Mac.
- Click on the Safari from the menubar and select Preferences… sub-menu. It will launch the Safari’s Preferences window.
- Switch to the Privacy tab and disable the checkbox for Prevent cross-site tracking option.
It will immediately disable the Privacy Report feature on the Safari Mac browser. If you launch the Privacy Report, then it will ask to enable the Prevent cross-site tracking option. Similarly, to disable privacy reports on iOS/iPadOS devices, you can visit the Safari Settings page from the Settings app and disable the toggle button for Prevent Cross-Site Tracking under Privacy & Security section. [note]Note: If your data privacy is a concern, disabling the “Prevent cross-site tracking” feature is not recommended.[/note]
Get Rid of Privacy Report from Safari Mac
If you want to disable the privacy report section from the Safari start page, you can easily do it from the customize menu. It does not require you to disable the Cross-site tracking from Safari’s Privacy preferences. Here are the steps to disable the privacy report display from the Safari Mac start page:
- Launch the Safari browser on Mac and go to Start Page.
- Click on the Customize situated at the bottom right. It will display the customize menu list.
- Disable the checkbox for the Privacy Report option.
That’s it. Safari will no longer bug you with these reports from now on the Start page.
Disable Safari’s Privacy Report on iOS
Like Mac, there is again a direct approach to disable this feature on your iPhone start page. We can Edit the start page and disable the toggle for Privacy Report. Here are the steps to hide the Safari iPhone’s Privacy Report section from the start page:
- Launch the Safari iPhone browser.
- Open a new tab with Start Page, and scroll to the end.
- Tap on the [cmdbtn]Edit[/cmdbtn] button. It shall take you to the Customize Start Page.
- Disable the Privacy Report toggle button.
It will immediately disable the Privacy Report section from the Safari Start page.
Bottom Line: Disable Privacy Report
Those were steps to get rid of privacy reports from the Safari Mac and iOS. Many users aren’t interested in knowing the technical know-how of the trackers, their presence across multiple sites, or who owns them. Furthermore, they don’t wish to be distracted by these regular reports and distance themselves safely. Since Safari is doing its job of blocking these harmful trackers, it’s all well and good from their end. It’s recommended to keep the privacy feature enabled in the background and hide these privacy reports hidden from Safari’s Start page. It will help in data safety without any inconvenience. [related]Related: How to Enable Privacy and Security Settings in Safari iOS/iPadOS?[/related] On that note, we round off this guide on disabling the privacy report from Safari. Please feel to share how helpful do you think Safari’s privacy reports are?