Privacy on your mobile: how to set up and manage the settings on your phone

Many apps now offer some level of privacy protection. It’s worth reading the guides or apps from your own organisation before using one.

Google Maps

Google Maps does not share data with third parties. This “do not track” setting is on by default and is disabled only when using location-enabled Google Search or map services. However, if you use Google Maps Maps on a MAC address other than your Android phone’s own, this setting is not active. A user with this location setting on will see a pop-up informing them that Google is not tracking them.


Spotify offers “on and off” controls for its privacy setting, which means that if a user enables location sharing, it does not transfer data from their own phone, or to a PC or tablet. If a user opts not to share any data with Spotify, all traffic travelling through Spotify’s servers from the device will not be transmitted to Spotify servers.

Apple Music

Apple has two location-sharing features: it allows third-party apps on the iOS App Store to access a users’ location if the user manually opts into it, and it allows users to display their location at any time, either locally on their iPhone, or on an Apple ID. The location information is not shared with advertisers.

Other apps

Several apps, such as Facebook Messenger, Google Photos and WhatsApp, also allow users to make the location sharing settings “on and off”, so they can choose not to share it at all.

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