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Matthew Green Dec 24
Do something nice for your family this holiday season: go through their phone settings and turn on all the privacy features.
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Matthew Green
It’s sort of amazing to me how hard this has gotten, even on iOS, which advertises itself as the “privacy” OS. My wife asked me how Facebook knew she walked by a particular store yesterday, so I dove into the Settings. What a mess.
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Matthew Green Dec 24
Replying to @matthew_d_green
First, there’s this “Privacy” tab in iOS settings, but under it you’ve got this ridiculous and ever-growing list of crap. Every app appears multiple times, and you have to know where to look.
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Matthew Green Dec 24
Replying to @matthew_d_green
Browsing the “Location Services” tab alone is a nightmare. There’s no way to sort by “Always”, which is usually the particularly bad permission you care about. (Although “While Using” is a bit ambiguous too.)
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Matthew Green Dec 24
Replying to @matthew_d_green
And don’t get me started on this “Bluetooth” tab. Why do any of these apps need direct access to my Bluetooth other than crappy tracking?
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Matthew Green Dec 24
Replying to @matthew_d_green
And even if you turn off location services for an app, the app may still get this data by examining the metadata from your photos. (I’m not sure if iOS13 fixes this.)
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Matthew Green Dec 24
Replying to @matthew_d_green
TL;DR If Apple’s going to advertise itself as the “private” phone, they need to do a much better job than this. “At least we’re aren’t Google!” is pretty much the best they can say.
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João Miguel 🔎 Dec 24
Replying to @matthew_d_green
And still, Facebook can not have access to location settings and infer relative location:
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NickSpookySec 👻💀🎃 Dec 24
Replying to @matthew_d_green
I've been getting pop-ups on Android recently telling me that certain apps have been accessing my location when I don't have location services on and the app isn't open. The pop-up gives you the option to disable the app from doing that unless the app is open.
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Daniel Schildt Dec 24
3rd party apps might get blocked (by the user), but both Apple and Google (and other Android distributions) keep on tracking people. It is easier to disable location tracking & telemetry on Android than on iOS, because Apple has made it more secure against modification by users.
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Karsten Weiss Dec 24
Replying to @matthew_d_green
In iOS Preferences search for “Identifier”. The search will find all identifiers (Stocks, Books, Podcasts) *except* the “Reset Advertising Identifier” in the Privacy settings...
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Replying to @matthew_d_green
my sister & i had a convo about the queso we bought from a fancy eatery tasting just like rotel & velveeta the next day i open up twitter to see this ad so roku w voice command is spying on me we change our ad id on our phones and roku weekly now probably does nothing but
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Emil B. M. Dec 25
Replying to @matthew_d_green
Or, more realistically, you/your sister visited a similar store to the advertised one, and some app sold that info to an ad-service. The store then targeted people who liked stores like that and you noticed because it was top of mind. Much easier than illegally listening.
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