Tips - 23/05/2018

which apps are tracking you and why?

which apps are tracking you

which apps are tracking you and why are apps collecting your information?

Almost every application that you have on your smartphone has some bits of information about you. The moment you download an app in your phone whether its from App store,Playstore,Amazon Appstore, Microsoft Store or blackberry world  you have given that app access to your phone’s information and data.

So what types of information do your apps have access to?

  • Your call logs.
  • The messages you send and recive.
  • Your phone and email contacts.
  • Your Internet history and calendar data.
  • The current location of your device.
  • Your device’s unique IDs.
  • Information about how you use the app itself.
  • Some even know your sleeping patterns based on when you sleep and wake up

Some apps have even been caught accessing the camera and microphone without the owners approval. I don’t mean to scare you but thats the reality, apps do spy on us. some apps collects data that’s not related to the purpose of the specific app. Some apps do know the websites you visit, other apps that you own, your device battery level the list is endless.

Some apps only access the information they need to function e.g in order for your messaging app to receive texts it needs permission to read your SMS others will require access to your camera to take photos .When a Flash light app requires permission to read your messages in order to function just uninstall it and buy a physical torch.

Here are some of the permissions that different apps requires in order to “function correctly“.

 Try reading the terms and conditions of some of the apps you own and you will realize that you are giving more than you expected. I advise you to only have apps that are relevant to you, if a week goes by without using a certain app just uninstall it.

Try reading about the Facebook–Cambridge Analytica data scandal that involved facebook sharing the information of almost 87 million Facebook users. This Scandal had a great impact on the tech industry that somebody like Elon Musk had to delete the facebook pages for SpaceX and Tesla both pages had millions of likes and followers.

How to limit the apps that share your data and track you?

Now stop asking which apps are tracking you and start limiting the information they share. If you have noticed in the passed few weeks alot of companies that you have subscribed to have been sending you emails about Updates to Our Privacy Policy or Important information about your data privacy. The driving force behind this change is Europe’s new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), its aims on giving control to citizens and residents over their personal data and to simplify the regulatory environment for international business by unifying the regulation within the EU.

Here are some of the apps that you need to have control of.

On your Twitter app go to:

  1. Settings and privacy then to
  2. Privacy and safety then scroll to the bottom
  3. click on See your twitter data

You will get access to

  • Account
  • account history
  • Apps & devices
  • Account activity
  • Interests and ads data
  • Download your Twitter data

Go through each one of them an see what twitter knows about you.

On your Facebook app go to :

  • Account settings
  • Find Apps and open it
  • Apps and Websites

You will get access to

  • Logged in with facebook
  • Apps,Websites and Games
  • Games and Apps notifiacations
  • Old versions of facebook for mobile

Go through each one of them an see what facebook knows about you.

Data privacy is a huge concern right now, tech giants like Google and facebook know more about you than you think. With the rapid advancement of technology it becoming quite difficult to say you have a private life since your smart toaster or smart TV might be listening to you. Also remember this does not happen to smartphones apps only even computer softwares do have access to your information.

That’s it for which apps are tracking you. Let us know down in the comments of what your think.

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