Excessive Data Collection By Apps And Devices

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Select device:

This allows your phone to automatically search for information even when the mobile app isn't running. Note, however, that this may affect the functioning of some of your applications. For example, this allows for push notifications on e-mail applications to come through.

On iOS:

  • In Settings, go to "General"

  • Select "Background app refresh"

  • On the top of the page, toggle "Off"

Background Collection

On Android:

  • Go to Settings

  • Select Accounts section

  • Go to a particular app

  • Turn off "sync"

Background Collection

Some privacy-conscious messaging applications include:

  • Signal, free messaging app that is a popular alternative to WhatsApp.

  • Wire, paid, privacy conscious app which is available on Android and iOS.

  • Element, a free messaging app that is available on both Android and iOS.

On Desktop:

  • Go to your myactivity.google.com

  • Select Privacy and Personalisation or Data and Personalisation on the left.

  • Select Location History

  • Turn off Location History

On Android:

  • Go to Settings > Location > Google Location History>Switch Location off

On iOS:

  • In Settings, go to Privacy.

  • Select "Location Services".

  • Scroll through your applications to understand which one are collecting location data.

  • To turn off location access to a specific application, select the app, then select "Never".

Background Collection

iOS 14 allows you to share your general location, instead of your precise location. Enable this by going to Settings > Privacy > Location Services and then check the settings for apps that have access to your location.

On iOS: To ensure data on your smartphone is only being collected when required, you can change access permissions in “Settings” on your phone. Click into each app and change preferences to “While Using The App.”

On Android, toggle “App Level Permissions” in the security menu and turn off access for apps you want to restrict.

Background Collection

On Facebook:

  • Click the down arrow in the top right of the Facebook home page

  • Go to Settings & Privacy

  • Go to Privacy Shortcuts

  • View or clear your Off-Facebook activity

  • Manage Your Off-Facebook Activity. (The steps are similar on a phone browser and in the app. Tap the icon with the three stacked lines in the top right, and find Privacy Shortcuts under Settings.)

From there, you can hit the Clear History button. To prevent the data from being used for targeted ads in the future

  • Tap Manage Future Activity on the right-hand side

  • Hit the Manage Future Activity button on the next screen

  • Switch off the toggle. (To get here using the app, tap the three buttons in the top right of the Off-Facebook Activity screen.)

On Facebook:

  • Go to Settings & Privacy

  • Go to Settings

  • Select Apps and Websites

  • Click "Active"

  • Click on the box next to the app's name

  • Remove

On Instagram:

  • Go to Settings, then select Security

  • Near the bottom of the menu, select "Apps and Websites"

Here, you can see a list of tools and companies you have allowed to access your Instagram account.

If you have an Android device:

  • Open the Settings

  • Tap Apps & Notifications

  • Tap the app you want to update

  • Tap Permissions

  • Choose which permissions you want the app to have, like Camera or Phone

If you have an iOS device:

  • Open the Settings

  • Tap Privacy to see all available permissions

  • Tap on any entry to see the apps granted those permissions

  • Disable any permissions that are not needed.

On your computer:

  • Go to your Google Account.

  • On the left navigation panel, click Data & personalization.

  • In the Activity controls panel, click Web & App Activity.

  • Check or uncheck the box next to "Include audio recordings" to turn the setting on or off.

If using an iPhone, have Siri stop listening to you:

  • Go to Settings -> Siri & Search

  • Toggle off for "Hey Listen Siri"

  • Enable "Press Side Button for Siri" so you can use it, but still maintain control

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