I have restrictions set on an iPhone to restrict web access to a whitelist. However, Using Shortcuts you can somewhat circumvent this and view any website content by using Get Contents of URL in conjunction with Quick Look. This means I need to block Shortcuts as well even though I would like to allow it. Is there any way to restrict Get Contents of URL? Either to only work with whitelisted sites, or block entirely?

Really any solution that would block Shortcuts from being able to circumvent the web restrictions would be good.

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    I don't think there is any way to do this. Shortcuts isn't circumventing restrictions, it's just that the restrictions apply only to Safari, not Shortcuts.
    – Todd
    Commented Dec 21, 2020 at 20:14
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    @Todd the web restrictions apply to any app accessing a restricted webpage, but not to GET and POST requests, which is what "Get Contents of URL" is doing.
    – Yonah Karp
    Commented Dec 21, 2020 at 21:16
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    Depending on the environment in which you're working, one option might be to use DNS to perform web filtering and install an MDM profile that requires your custom DNS server. These settings apply system-wide, not just in Safari.
    – aaplmath
    Commented Dec 25, 2020 at 1:52
  • @aaplmath not quite what I'm looking for, but interesting suggestion.
    – Yonah Karp
    Commented Dec 27, 2020 at 4:07

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I've sent a feedback to Apple about this, but haven't heard anything from them.


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