Privacy features announced for the latest iOS 14
Heidi Finigan | Last Updated:
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Apple has finally released the newest version of its iOS operating system, iOS 14, on Sept 16 at the Apple keynote event. iOS 14 marks a massive leap over iOS 13, offering tons of new privacy features and enhancements.
Here’s an overview of all the major privacy features of iOS 14.
Apps Privacy labels
In iOS 14. Apple will display a dedicated privacy page for each app on the App Store. This page will have information on what data an app may collect and whether it can track you.
Apps can extract all kinds of information we might not know about, but with new “privacy labels” for apps, users can easily understand what type of data is collected, which can allow them to make better choices about which apps to download.
To access the feature. Search the app which you want to download. Tap on it to see its description. Scroll until you reach the “App Privacy” section, where you’ll see the privacy label.
Activity indicators are one of the major privacy feature enhancement in Apple’s recently released iOS 14, which indicates your iPhone microphone and camera’s activity.
There are many situations in which your microphone and camera get used, such as making calls, taking notes, and issuing voice commands or interact with Apple’s Siri. All of these conversations or interactions can now be tracked easily using the activity indicator in iOS14.
The indicator appears as an orange dot automatically in the upper-left corner of your iPhone’s screen. If an app is currently using the microphone, The dot will be green if an app is currently using your camera.
Safari Privacy Report
In iOS14, a new Privacy Report feature in Safari can now show how any website is tracking your browsing data. You’ll be able to see what and how many trackers websites are using to follow you around the web. Safari can also block these trackers, preventing access to your browsing data so that you can browse more privately.
Apple has introduced an Approximate Location feature in iOS 14 which limits your location access to app in a approximate manner. Often, apps such as weather and local news do not require access to your exact location to perform functions. By turning off Precise location in iOS 14, you can give them an idea of approximate location to run appropriately while keeping your movements private.