The new Face ID recognition system on the new Apple iPhone has sparked debate about just how much freedom we give our electronic devices to compile data about us.
But what many people don’t know is the vast amount of data Apple is, and has been, acquiring since you purchased your first Apple iPhone.
Yep. There are most likely a slew of things you didn’t know your iPhone knows about you. Here are just a few.
Exactly Where You Have Been
You’ll find the most alarming areas of your iPhone’s intrusion into your life, deep inside the Settings Menu. Go to your settings menu, then to Privacy, then to Location Services. Most everyone has this feature enable to “On”, mainly because many of the apps we use daily need to know our location (ex. Strava, GPS, etc.) to function properly.
Once inside, scroll down to System Services, then to Frequent Locations menu. You’ll see where you’ve been lately. This is how Google can know the hourly foot traffic of a business when you search on Google Maps. Yep, Google knows everything about you as well!
To stop your phone from tracking every movement you make, simply toggle Location Services to the “off” position. At some point however, you are going to need to turn it back on however. The most paranoid among us can keep this feature disabled indefinitely.
Geo-Locations of Photos
Did you know that your iPhone knows the location of every photo you’ve ever taken? It does. Every photo taken from your phone carries with it location data. You can actually filter your photos by location. To turn this feature off, go to Settings, Privacy, Location Services, then Camera and select “never”. This will stop your iPhone from recording the location of your photo taking.
You can actually filter your photos by location. To turn this feature off, go to Settings, Privacy, Location Services, then Camera and select “never”. This will stop your iPhone from recording the location of your photo taking.
Rule # 1 in the land of cyberspace is: Don’t ever assume anything is completely “deleted”. You may have taken photos on your iPhone that you thought were gone forever. That may not be the case however. There is a way to reclaim old photos using
There is a way to reclaim old photos using software. Law enforcement has actually done this to make arrests after finding photos the owner thought were deleted.
Siri, that sometimes annoying voice assistant created by Apple, does not forget what you have said to her. Apple has admitted that Siri stores everything you have said to her for a full two years. Apple claims that they need Siri to remember your requests so they can “improve” her. They claim that after 6 months, the data is made anonymous. Yea, right!.
Your Every Move
If you have not disabled Apple’s Motion and Fitness setting by now, Apple knows and has a record of every step you have taken. This is how apps like “Fitness Pal” can track the amount of steps you have taken during your daily routine. To disable this, go to Setting, Privacy,
To disable this, go to Setting, Privacy, Motion and Fitness.
A New Brave World
The amount of data that you iPhone is tracking and recording can be overwhelming, but most of us have accepted the fact that large corporations now know more about ourselves than we do. George Orwell was certainly onto something when he wrote 1984. Let’s just hope the future does not allow machines to take over the human race by becoming smarter.
Let’s just hope the future does not allow machines to take over the human race by becoming smarter that their maker. If that becomes reality one day, the only thing we can blame is ourselves.
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