iPhone 6 Has Tracking Software, And It’s Tricky To Opt Out

Posted in iPhone News by admin. Published September 27th, 2014

iPhone 6 Has Tracking Software, And It’s Tricky To Opt Out

As usual, Apple is shipping its new phones — iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus — with various user tracking systems within the system settings.* In other words, your activity can be tracked by advertisers on the new phone, and your geographic location can be tracked by companies that make the apps on your phone, unless you choose otherwise.

Luckily, you can switch tracking off. But you have to visit two separate areas in the system settings of Apple’s new mobile operating system, iOS 8. One of those areas contains a switch with counterintuitive instructions.

When you first boot up a new phone or a new upgrade to iOS 8, you’ll be given the choice to keep tracking off. But if you change your mind afterward, here is how to switch off tracking. You need to go to: settings > privacy > location > advertising.

It’s easier to show you with these images.

First go to settings. The privacy menu is so far down the screen that you’ll have to scroll waaaaay down to find it:

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Inside the privacy menu, tap on Location Services.

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Inside Location Services, tap the green switch to “off” if you don’t want your phone broadcasting its whereabouts via the apps on your phone:

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You’re not done yet! Back in the “Privacy” section, go to “Advertising.” (It’s on the very bottom of the menu, again.)

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Now you want to turn Limit Ad Tracking to “on.” Yes, it’s confusing — the default “off” position actually means that tracking is on, so you want to turn it “on” in order to switch it off:

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Make it look like this:

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One more thing:

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That takes care of your app usage. What about web browsing?

Apple ships its Safari browser in a “do not track” position by default, so unless you go into the settings and turn that off, advertisers should not be tracking you as you browse the web. And in iOS 8 you can set Duck Duck Go, the anonymous search engine, as your default search choice — which is more private than Google.

Now, you’re done.

Your iPhone is about as invisible to the outside world as it’s going to get. Of course, many of your apps and services actually require location to work — you’re going to be nagged frequently to turn this stuff back on.

At least you know how to do it now!

[Thanks: http://www.businessinsider.com]


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