How To Enable App Privacy Statement On Your iPhone To Check If Apps Are Tracking You


During Apple’s WWDC 2021 event, when Apple announced the iOS 15 update in June, the Apps Privacy Statement was one of the most powerful privacy features. This feature allows users to track the applications that access their data on the iPhone, such as their camera, microphone, contacts or their location. When Apple released iOS 15 in September, users had no way of verifying their privacy statement – which was finally included in the iOS 15.2 update that came out on December 13th. Users can now easily track which applications are constantly accessing their information. Deny permissions for those applications, while tracking which URL applications are linked to throughout the day.

If you have an iPhone 6s or newer smartphone and have updated to iOS 15.2, you can quickly check and stop apps like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Tinder that can vote your location or access your camera roll. Note that this feature is disabled by default, so users must enable it manually before providing any information.

Here’s how to quickly run and use your Apps Privacy Statement on iOS 15.2:

  1. Tap on Settings Icon and go Privacy.

  2. Scroll down and tap Application Privacy Statement

  3. To enable the feature, tap Enable Apps Privacy Statement.

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

The User Privacy Statement feature in iOS 15 provides users with an easy way to verify access permissions, network functionality, Internet network functionality, and frequently contacted domains on a smartphone. After directing this information, here’s how you understand the information:

  1. Tap on Settings Icon and go Privacy.
  2. Scroll down and tap Application Privacy Statement.
  3. Now tap on any processor below Data and sensor access And check the timeline of the various permissions accessed.
  4. Under App Network Function Tap the app to see how many (and which) domains an application has accessed.
  5. Tap on some domains below Most associated domains See which applications have accessed that domain.

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Here’s what the Apps Privacy Statement system page looks like in iOS 15.2
Image Credit: Apple

According to Apple, the App Network function and the most relevant domains sections are designed to let you know if multiple applications are accessing a particular domain. This may be an indication that the domain or website is integrating your activity across those apps and creating your profile.

The Apps Privacy Report feature collects and displays data from the last seven days of your use, but you can reset the information at any time. Here are the steps to reset or disable the Apps Privacy Statement in iOS 15.2:

  1. Tap on Settings Icon and go Privacy.
  2. Scroll down and tap Application Privacy Statement.
  3. Tap Now Disable Apps Privacy Statement Below.
  4. If you want to disable the feature, exit the Settings app. To reset the application data and start anew, enable the Application Privacy Report feature using the steps mentioned at the beginning of the article.

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As a technology writer with Gadgets 360, David Telema is interested in open source technology, Internet security, consumer privacy, and wants to read and write about how the Internet works. David can also be contacted via email at [email protected] and on Twitter at @DxDavey. Further

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