Open the Settings app and choose Privacy to control which apps use the phone's hardware and software. Android 12 has a privacy panel that shows what apps have been doing. Be aware that deleting online tracks and location information could affect free apps.
On iOS 15, you can turn on or off location services and decide when and which third-party apps can use your information. On Android 12, you can turn on or off location services and change the way your phone remembers your current location.
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Apple's App Tracking Transparency tool lets you know when an app wants to track what you do online, and Apple's Safari program has tools to stop tracking. Google's Chrome browser has tools to tell sites not to track you, and safety-focused apps like Brave and DuckDuckGo have been released.
Apple's iOS 15 can be used to stop text bots and Gmail from taking pictures and giving notifications, and email lists that send unwanted messages can be stopped or unsubscribed from.
Why Must We Use These Privacy Protection Tools?
Hackers can get access to private information without permission, and malicious software can get on our devices through apps, emails, and websites that have been hacked. Companies can learn about our habits, likes, and behavior by keeping track of where we go.
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