iOS 15.2—How To Use Apple’s Brilliant New iPhone Privacy Feature
- Apple’s iOS 15.2 is finally here, along with the important and significant security updates and brilliant and amazing new iPhone privacy features. The best new iPhone feature that’s arrived recently in the iOS 15.2, in my opinion, is the long-awaited App Privacy Report feature.
- Officially launched with the iOS 15 in the Fall of 2021, the App Privacy Report was previously unreadable. That’s changed in the iOS 15.2—you can now easily access an easy to read report showing and displaying which apps have been accessing which the permissions, as well as revealing and showing to us the apps that are tracking you or keeping an eye on your iPhone.
- IOS 15.2’s App Privacy Report builds on the now infamous App Tracking Transparency feature, which gives you the capability and ability to control who all can track you across the websites and other apps. It’s also a lot similar to the Privacy Labels launched some time back in the iOS 14, which show and display the data iPhone apps collect so you can decide whether or not downloading them is worth the trade-off.
- One of the really cool and mind-blowing things about the App Privacy Report launched in iOS 15.2 is that it gives you the opportunity and chance to revoke any of the permissions that apps don’t need. It’s fairly just to say that if a weather app keeps accessing your iPhone’s camera, it’s a good idea to either delete the app or switch off the permission straight away.
How to find and use the iOS 15.2 App Privacy Report
- So now you’re probably keen to see your report as soon as possible. The very first step is fairly simple: If you haven’t already, download and install the iOS 15.2 via your Settings > General > Software Update and follow the given instructions.
- Once that you are using the iOS 15.2, go to the Settings section > then press on the Privacy and scroll right down to the extreme bottom for the App Privacy Report. Select the option to Turn on App Privacy Report.
- You will then need to use your iPhone for a short while as normal to accumulate and collect enough data on the apps you are using to view and review.
iOS 15.2’s App Privacy Report explained and comprehended
- The top section in the iOS 15.2’s App Privacy Report, Data and Sensor Access, displays and shows the apps that have accessed and given the iPhone permissions such as your camera, location or even microphone and when exactly they have been doing so.
- It may so happen that your Apple Mail app has been accessing your contacts, which is fine … [+]
- Your Mail app has been accessing your contacts, which is fine given that it needs to do so to allow and enable you to send an email. The weather app is accessing your location, but your have granted it that permission to access the weather in your local area. So some of the permissions make sense, but if the Mail app was accessing your location, you would be revoking that permission pretty sharpish.
- The next section, App Network Activity, shows and displays which of the domains an iPhone app has contacted and when has it contacted. Applications contact and reach out to domains in order to perform simple tasks such as delivering your emails or even connecting you to other devices for the purpose of video calls. Some of the domains contacted by an app may be necessary and mandatory for it to perform its specific task, but apps can also send your data to the ad networks in order to target the advertising.
- In the iOS 15.2 App Privacy Report, App Network Activity shows and displays exactly which domains an iPhone app has … [+]
- Meanwhile, the Website Network Activity shows and displays the domains contacted and reached out by the websites that you have visited through your web browser in an iPhone app. Last but not the least, Most of the Contacted Domains shows and displays the domains contacted by all of your apps and websites that you went to in those apps.
- Apple says that iOS 15.2’s App Privacy Report highlights and focuses on the domains that are contacted by multiple apps, this is due to the fact that these could be collecting your data and combining or merging it to create and build a profile to target you with the ads. You might actually find when looking in this section—as I did—that many of the domains are interlinked to Google.
Why you should use the iOS 15.2 App privacy report
What exactly are you waiting for? Apple’s iOS 15.2 comes with the great new iPhone features such as the ability and capability to actually hide your email directly from the Mail app, as well as the updates to Find you to identify devices that may be allegedly tracking you.
- It’s got iPhone security upgrades too, so the factor in the brilliant App Privacy Report and updating to iOS 15.2 really is a no-brainer. It’s super duper easy to use, and revoking the permissions and deleting apps will largely improve and better your iPhone privacy.
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