Remember how many times you clicked “I agree” to the endless terms and conditions of apps and how many times you gave access to your location when you download or use an app? So when you install an app on your device from app stores, you see many pop-ups that list all the necessary permissions, including location access. This includes permission on your phone to perform its functionality, for example, if you install a photo editing application that requires access to photos so that they can edit photos saved on your phone, which makes sense, but there are more many unnecessary permissions, including access to the location. According to a report by Apptopia (shared by Forbes), there are about 40% of applications in the US that require access to the background location, and this percentage increases even to 51% in China.
There are mainly three permissions that the top iPhone apps have asked for the most, which are photos, camera access, and location data. 1 in 4 of the top apps mainly requires contact details and Bluetooth permission, which can also be used by those apps to track your location. There are only a few applications (almost 1 percent) that require HomeKit integration, so you can ask Siri to turn on the lights.
You can check the details of an app’s privacy tag in the App Store, for example, if you check your Instagram app’s privacy tag, it asks for your precise, rough location to find out what access you’ve given, you can access the setting, find the app, and then click the permission from which you want more details.
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