Apple presented its App Privacy Report which educates users about an app’s privacy practices before downloading the app. This feature works with Apple’s App Store labels and LED indicators (for mic and front camera access) to let users know which apps are collecting their data. The app privacy reporting feature is rolled out with the iOS 15.2 update and is available for iPhone and iPad users. As Apple explains, this is a great opportunity to examine the sensor, data, and internet usage of apps.
All users of iPhones 6s to newer models can use the privacy report feature of the app once they have the latest OS update. This is accessible from the Settings app and must be enabled manually.
For this, users must go to Settings, then click on Privacy. From there, users should go to the app’s privacy report setting and enable it.
Apple stressed that users will need to identify all data collected by third-party apps, which can be done through App Store labels. This feature has been available since last year and allows users to check whether the collected data has been disclosed by the developers.
“You are responsible for the accuracy and updating of your answers. If your practices change, update your answers in App Store Connect, ”Apple told developers.
Once you have enabled the app privacy report, you will be able to see recent data viewed or collected by any app.
For example, if WhatsApp is the last app you accessed, you’ll see the app has access to your microphone, photos, contacts, and camera. Now, WhatsApp has already revealed that it accesses this data in the App Store.
When the app privacy report is enabled, users can also see app network activity which shows which domains an app has visited and how many times. This can also be checked under the most contacted domains.
The app privacy report can also be turned off at any time and the procedure is the same as to turn it on.
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