Stop Letting iPhone Apps Access Your Data. Do This Instead

When using an iPhone app for the first time, you may be asked to allow the app access to other features of your phone, such as B. on your camera. If you’re like me and just want a new app to work, you probably tapped Allow without a second thought. What you may not realize, however, is that tapping Allow gives the app access to other information about you and those closest to you.

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These apps could be Share your data with digital marketing and ad tech companies without your knowledge. companies like Apple and Facebook faces lawsuits and fines for alleged misuse of customer data.

If you have granted certain permissions to a third-party iPhone app, you can revoke them at any time. How to prevent third-party apps from accessing your data.

How to change third-party app permissions

How to change permissions in iOS 16 and later:

1. Beat settings on your iPhone.

2. Beat Privacy & Security.

in the Privacy & Security You can select features like Contacts, Photos, and Camera to see which third-party apps have requested permission to access this information. For example, tapping Contacts might reveal that a notes app has access to your contact list. You can tap the slider next to these apps to stop access.

More in Privacy & Security

In addition to revoking app permissions in Privacy & Security, you can also customize which apps can access your location data. When you type location services At the top of the menu you can turn these services on or off for all or some apps on your phone. You can also tap share my location Menu to enable or disable Find My iPhone and which contacts you share your location with.

There is also an option in Privacy & Security called Apple ad. Tap to see information about Apple’s ad targeting and turn these personalized ads on or off. Apple said turning off personalized ads will make the ads you see on the App Store, Apple News, and Stock less relevant to you, but it may not reduce the number of ads you see on those apps.

App Privacy Report in iOS 16

A visit to Instagram after turning on the reports showed that the app was contacting four domains.

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You can also turn on App Privacy Report of the Privacy & Security Menu. This report shows how often apps access your data. It also shows each app’s network activity and which web domains apps are contacting. To enable these reports, tap App Privacy Report then tap Enable app privacy reporting. You won’t see any information at first, but as you use your apps, the report will fill out. Now you can see which apps share your data the most, and you can take action to limit how much data those apps have access to.

For more information, see How to stop iPhone apps from tracking you, how to use Sign in with Apple to improve your privacy and the best iPhone VPNs.

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