Protect Your iPhone’s Location Data: Several applications on iPhone, iPad or iPod touch can collect your location data. Some harvest them for good ends while others for bad purposes.
Fortunately, iOS 11 includes features that control this sharing. In this article, we show you how to protect the location data of your iPhone on iOS 11.
You should know that previous versions of iOS also offer this possibility, but iOS 11 gives us much more room for maneuver. Now let’s get to the point of the subject.
Protect Your iPhone’s Location Data
To protect the location data of your iPhone, you must set access to each of the applications that can access them. To do this, follow these steps :
Click on Settings on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
Then, scroll down to access the Privacy section.
Then tap Location Services.
Once you have accessed the Location Service settings, you will see which apps can have constant access to your location. In addition, you will see those with momentary access and those who can not locate you.
It is highly recommended to take a look at applications that have continuous access to your location data. Most apps offer Never, When the app is active, and Always. And others never and when the app is active. Define your choices according to your needs.
Apple is asking developers to describe what their applications do with location data. As a result, each application that can use your location data explains what they do with your location. As shown in the screenshots below.
Protect your personal data
Your photos, your contacts, your reminders are your sensitive personal data. So, you must have an eye on the applications that have access to these. Go to Settings > Privacy. Then at the bottom of the Location Service section, you will see Contacts, Calendar, Reminders, Photos etc.
Access each of these sections to see which applications have access to them. You will be able to revoke the access of an application to your contacts, your reminders, your film, your microphone or your camera …
At the bottom of the Location Service section, you can see the System Services section. In this section, you have the option to customize all system-wide location data settings (Location Alerts, Emergency Call, Compass and Travel Calibration, Time Zone, Apple Advertising by Location, Important Places, etc.).
Also in this part, you will find options to share your location data to improve Apple products. This data is harvested, tells Apple, to: do an analysis of the iPhone, improve routes and traffic, etc. You can decide whether to share this data with Apple.
After taking a look at all these settings, you now have an idea of how you share the data from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with the applications installed there.