How to turn on the app privacy report on your iPhone to verify that apps are following you

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The App Privacy Report was one of the most powerful privacy features Apple revealed when it announced the iOS 15 update in June at the company’s WWDC 2021 event. The feature allows users to keep tabs on the apps accessing their data on their iPhone, such as their camera, microphone, contacts or location. When Apple released iOS 15 in September, it didn’t include a way for users to check the privacy report – this was eventually included in the iOS 15.2 update which landed on December 13. Users can now easily monitor which apps are constantly accessing their information and deny permissions to those apps, while keeping track of which URLs apps connect to throughout the day.

If you have an iPhone 6s or newer smartphone and you’ve updated to iOS 15.2, you’ll now be able to quickly check and stop apps like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Tinder, which might find your location or access your Camera Roll. . It should be noted that the feature is disabled by default, so users will need to manually enable it before they can provide any information.

Here’s how to quickly enable and use your app privacy report on iOS 15.2:

  1. Press the Settings icon and go to Private life.

  2. Scroll down and press Application privacy report

  3. To activate the feature, press Enable app privacy report.

  4. Come back after a few minutes to see the list of apps included in the report.

The app privacy reporting feature on iOS 15 provides users an easy way to check permission usage, network activity, website network activity, as well as the most frequently contacted domains on the web. smartphone. After enabling this information, here is how you can understand it:

  1. Press the Settings icon and go to Private life.
  2. Scroll down and press Application privacy report.
  3. Now tap on any app under Access to data and sensors and check the chronology of the various permissions accessed.
  4. Below Application network activity tap an app to see how many (and which) domains an app has accessed.
  5. Tap some of the areas under Most contacted domains to see which applications have accessed this domain.

This is what the app privacy report setup page looks like on iOS 15.2
Photo credit: Apple

According to Apple, the Application network activity and Most visited domains sections are designed to tell you if more than one application is accessing a particular domain. It could be a sign that the domain or website is creating a profile on you by combining your activity on these apps.

The app’s privacy reporting feature will collect and display data for the last seven days of your usage, but you can reset the information at any time. Here are the steps to reset or disable App Privacy Report on iOS 15.2:

  1. Press the Settings icon and go to Private life.
  2. Scroll down and press Application privacy report.
  3. Now press Turn off app privacy reporting basically.
  4. If you want to turn off the feature, exit the Settings app. To reset usage data and start over, simply enable the app’s privacy reporting feature by following the steps mentioned at the beginning of the article.

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As a writer on technology with Gadgets 360, David Delima is interested in open source technology, cybersecurity, consumer privacy and enjoys reading and writing about how the internet works. David can be contacted by email at DavidD@ndtv.com, as well as on Twitter at @DxDavey. Following

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