It’s no doubt a best friend and companion Smartphones have become in our lives lately, such that it’s no longer used primarily for making and receive of phone calls from friends and loved once but also for communication via a wide range of crossed multiple social platforms as well as a function medium for a whole other activities extending as far as health monitoring on mobile apps.
What is App Transparency Tracking?
When you install a new app and the app request some specific data to be permitted before running the app such as allowing the app to monitor your other background app activities or its request you enable your location access GPS and others alike.
Although we personally allow such access to most of these apps while some other apps such as Facebook do not seek this consent before turning these smartphone features into spy agents.
Meanwhile as the users of smartphone increases every day and it’s users have access to the internet like it suppose to, privacy and security concerns come to the forefront noting that not all apps and their developer have the interest of specifically monitoring it users privacy for any negative intention, some are just for marketing analysis and to better channel the rights ads of interest to you.
However, how much of your privacy 🔏 should you grant this apps access knowing It just so happens that most apps on your smartphone could be secretly extracting some basic or specific info from your device just for the sole purpose of monetization like targeted ads, etc even when as a user you might not be interested.
Imagine installing a calculator App from the google app store and after installation, it’s request you grant it access to read your location, contact, messages, or even camera or microphone 🎤, which is meaningless and uncalled for being a calculator app.
Imagine the display ads of a refrigerator or mobile phone advertisements all over your social media feeds and other engagements channel on the internet a while after talking to a friend on the phone about needing a replacement, It’s more like eavesdropping on your conversation and got marketing leads straight from source! Yes some of this apps do peak on conversation chats with our community friends.
In 2018, more than 250 apps on Google play and Apple App store were enlisted for background audio snooping using smartphones microphones, thereby allowing these apps to to know what it’s users were watching or listening to. Based on that, Apple recent iOS 14.5 updates also affected Apple Apples Transparency Feature. Though the coming wide rollout of Android 12 suggests it will tackle the same issue like Apple did in iOS 14.5. But before then what can you do ensure apps Transparency feature.
How To Limit Android Apps From Spying on you
There are several ways every smartphone users can take to protect themselves from being monitored and it starts from knowing which apps have the right usage permission of data.
How to find out what apps are using your device features
- Open your settings app and navigate to “Apps and permission” or just “Apps” , you obviously search the phrase with the settings search bar if you can’t locate it.
2. Now click on Apps and locate Click the three dots at the top right corner of your screen for Some Android version.
3. Select Permission manager then Select which permission settings you’d like to change; either call logs, camera, location or microphone permission
4. Then you can toggle through the permission once the category pops up. You change it to either Allow or Deny app access.
As earlier mentioned, Apple users now have a new feature on iOS 14 that indicate and notify users whenever an app begins to use the phone’s camera or mic without access permission, however you can learn more on the new iOS 14.5 and it’s features here
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- You can open the settings app and navigate to privacy
- Now Select which privacy you would like to change depends either Microphone, Camera Or location access.
- After that toggle the permission on/off for apps whose access you want to change.
When navigating through the permissions manager, be certain the app actually requires a particular data be granted access for it to work before granting it access.
If you find an app that doesn’t record videos or post images and it has camera permission then do not give it access to your camera.
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