If you value privacy, avoid these five apps

Are the apps you’re using protecting your privacy or are they collecting and sharing a pretty hefty portion of your private information with third parties? If you’re using any of the five apps below, youyr privacy is at risk.

Apple's privacy nutrition label requires every app — including Apple’s — to give users an easy-to-view summary of the developer’s privacy practices.
Apple’s privacy nutrition label requires every app — including Apple’s — to give users an easy-to-view summary of the developer’s privacy practices.

Jennifer Tschida for App Advice:

Usually apps collect data for marketing purposes, not just to be pure evil or steal your personal identity. However, it’s still a good idea to be aware and proactive with your digital privacy.

Here are the top five offending apps in terms of personal privacy.

• Facebook
• Instagram
• TikTok
• LinkedIn
• Weather Apps: It’s completely understandable and actually quite necessary to allow the app to have access to your location in order to tell you what the weather will be like throughout the day. But did you know that your weather app could be tracking your location when you aren’t using it and possibly selling your data to third parties?

All you have to do is adjust the settings on your weather apps so they can’t track your location if you aren’t using the app. It’s a quick and easy way to make sure no funny business is going on.

MacDailyNews Note: For more on privacy, what’s happening inside apps, and how to protect your personal data, see Apple’s “A Day in the Life of Your Data” here.

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      1. Private companies, what does that mean? Aren’t all companies private by definition? There is no difference between a private company or public company. They are companies and have to abide by laws that protect the public. When companies have practices that harm the public then they are accountable. This remark I hear that “it’s a private company, they can do what they want” is total BS. The question with social media companies is do they have the right to censor and keep their special status as not being a publisher. No they don’t yet they are doing it and therefore harming the public. Take away their protection and treat them accordingly. “Private company…can do what they want” total BS.

        1. In the context of the subject of this article, the differentiation between public and private companies is moot. However, they are very much different:

          Private company:

          Public company:

          HOWEVER, in terms of financial/marketing/lobbying power, public companies today are practically unencumbered in what they can do. Country borders are irrelevant. Using modern technologies and sheer power of capital, the modern corporation literally writes laws for legislatures, publishes lists of “candidates” for judge appointments, funds partisan campaigns, and of course they have a significant hand on the tiller of social media discourse.

          It is highly ironic however that a website with so many trackers and Google ads would wag their finger at more popular social media platforms AND THEN CENSOR THOSE MESSAGES WITH WHICH THIS SITE DISAGREES.

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