WASHINGTON, September 17, 2014 — Apple is releasing its latest and greatest upgrade today, iOS 8. In addition to a new photo album, enhanced video and voice messaging, revamped keyboard, cloud-based hard drive, apps to share books and for health and fitness, there are also more ways for Apple to track you and your phone.
To increase your privacy, make sure to at least look at the following settings and, to increase privacy, change them from the default.
With the new iOS, Apple will increase the number of apps that track your location even when you are not using them. The first time you access one of these apps, you will see a pop up saying, “Allow [app] to access your location even when you are not using the app?” The purpose of the feature is to allow your iPhone or iPad to notify you of events that may interest you. However, it means your location is being tracked by several apps, even if they are not open. For privacy, click “Do not allow.”
This is not the same as the “Find my iPhone” app which is a handy way to locate a lost or stolen iPhone.
Make sure you are aware of which applications are accessing your contact lists. Go to Settings > Privacy > Contacts and see which applications are accessing your contacts. You can toggle on or off to allow or disallow applications to upload your contact lists to their servers.
Similarly, check which apps are watching your current location. Some users like receiving information on areas close to them, while others prefer not to have their whereabouts tracked. Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services and monitor which apps know where you are. You can disable all location services or select only those which seem necessary.
iOS 8 lets apps like iAds and Popular Near Me to track your location for a variety of reasons, including advertising and popular events. The tracking drains battery life and allows third-parties to access your location. To disable these settings, go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services.
Another advertising-tracking setting can be found at Settings > Privacy > Advertising. Toggle the Reset Advertising Identifier to limit the ad tracking.