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In the recent release of iOS 6, Apple included new and improved features for users to gain better control of privacy on their iOS devices. Though a lot of news of late has been about the problems of Apple’s new Maps, the Center for Democracy & Technology has recognized and lauded the new privacy features of the operating system.

The CDT says in its blog that it “applauds Apple’s decision to incorporate these substantial pro-privacy elements into iOS 6, allowing users to finally control how their data gets shared with specific apps, and to more easily express a desire not to be tracked by marketers.”

The new privacy settings in iOS 6 are located in the Settings app > Privacy, where users can disable tracking of their address, iCal, Reminders, Photos, Twitter and Facebook, etc. Tapping these settings will reveal, for example, which apps have requested access to specific personal data on your device.

Privacy is also where you can turn off Location Services, which uses both GPS and cell tower locations to determine your approximate location. If Location Services is disabled, default Apple and third-party apps can’t gather user data for their various purposes.

The CDT also praised Apple for including a way for users to limit advertising tracking, via Settings > General > About > Advertising > Limit Ad Tracking. When this setting is enabled, it signals to potential advertisers that the user doesn’t want to be tracked. The CDT goes into more detail about how useful the advertising limits are and how they work.

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Source: ComputerWorld

  1. Anthony Monori
    October 9, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    At least, a positive article after all that unnecessary bashing (not referring to MUO, but the media in general). :)

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 9, 2012 at 9:42 pm

      Yeah, you know many people and the media go through these cycles about Apple products. First, there's all the speculations about when a product will come out and what it will include. Then there's the uproar about what the product lacks. I'm not saying Apple should be critiqued, but seriously too many people get caught up in the game. I know there's a lot of money riding on Apple products, for lots of people, but most of what you read in the media about Apple is what I call "filling space" news items to get website hits. I try to ignore most of it. The iPhone nor its operating is perfect, and they never will be. But it has far exceeded my expectations. I can live with most of the shortcomings. There are far bigger issues in this world to complain about.

  2. Alex Perkins
    October 8, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    I wonder how many people know that everything that is said to Siri is sent to Apple?

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 8, 2012 at 5:47 pm

      Probably not many. lol

    • Anthony Monori
      October 9, 2012 at 8:45 pm

      Sadly, not many.

  3. Karin Holmqvist
    October 8, 2012 at 2:16 am

    Pleased to see, esp. turning off Location Services. Maybe a reason for me to update

    • April Eum
      October 8, 2012 at 3:06 am

      you can turn off locations on ios 5.....

      • Bakari Chavanu
        October 8, 2012 at 5:46 pm

        Oh, I did know that. Thanks for sharing, April.

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