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Have You Checked Your Data Privacy Settings Lately?

January 28th is National Data Privacy day. While it may seem strange to devote a whole day to data privacy, it serves as a great reminder in the technology era we are in, to make sure you are protecting yourself across all of your devices, especially your phone. The following information from How-To Geek is a great place to start.

What You Need to Know About Your iPhone

Apps on your iPhone have to ask permission before accessing your data, but have you ever agreed to a permission request only to reconsider it later? Take back control of your data by reviewing your privacy settings.

This is about more than apps, too. Your iPhone lets you limit the ad tracking available to apps, preventing them from showing you targeted ads.

Apple’s rigid approach to iPhone privacy is reassuring, providing you with the tools you need to monitor exactly what your apps know about you. At any point, you can disable an app’s access to your location, camera, microphone, and other potentially sensitive bits of information.

Apps are always asking for permission. If you download a camera app, it will need access to your camera to work. This takes the form of an actionable pop-up window, where you can grant or deny the request.

This is how Apple designed privacy to work on the iOS operating system. You have to manually grant access to information and services, like your location, camera, microphone, health data, and even your Apple Music library. These privacy requests include other apps, like Reminders, Calendar, and Contacts.

Have a few minutes to spare? You can learn more about your settings and how to protect yourself here.