SHARING DATA

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PLATFORM
ANDROID, iOS
DIFFICULTY
EASY

Enabling GPS and Wireless allows your telco company and the applications accessing your location data to have a more precise location history, so it is advised to turn these services off when you don’t need them. Also, the history of every wireless network you have ever connected to is stored on your phone. It broadcasts this information whenever it searches for available networks.

HOW TO SET

Location data

Android

Go to Settings – Location services and turn off using wireless networks and GPS satellites.

iOS

Go to Settings – Privacy – Location Services and turn it off so installed applications won’t be able to access your location data. You can turn off wireless networks under System services.

Google settings

With the Personal info and Privacy option of your Google account you can customize data protection settings. You have the possibility of asking Google not to store the places you go with your devices where you are signed in to your account.

On your cell phone look for Google account settings and disallow Google applications from accessing your location data. Only turn it on when you are actively using the service, for example when searching on maps.

You can check your Google security and privacy settings on https://myaccount.google.com/ The easiest way to do this is to click through the Security Checkup and Privacy Checkup.

Health data

Even though we are used to sharing some of our personal data with installed applications, it is important to be especially careful when using health apps. Some of these applications support fitness activity, while others may help you quit smoking or stay on a diet. It is advised to use these applications not with your name and regular e-mail address, but with a pseudonym and address specifically used for this purpose. At the same time, it is best to share health data only with caution and when justified. Make sure to read the privacy notice and check that the data is not shared with third parties.

LAST MODIFIED: 27.10.2016.