How to stop your smart phone from tracking you

Reporter: Rich Kolko
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It’s no secret, people love their smart phones.

And for iPhones and Androids, they come with a pre-installed app that tracks your location.

But there’s more.

Every phone, app and website that you use comes with a privacy policy. But more than 90 percent of phone users don’t read the contents.

In the park at home, at the store, your smart phone tracks your every movement and everything you do on it, and you might not even know it.

For Android users, all your phone data is sent to Google, including how long your call was and where you were at the time. It’s connected to your Gmail account.

For iPhone users, the same info. Is tracked, but it stays on your phone.

According to MarketWatch, there are over 1,000 apps that track your location alone. But they track other data once they are opened. For example, in the privacy policy of Airbnb, it explains what is collected just by opening the app.

So how do you stop sending this information?

Go to the setting app on your phone to the location service and turn off tracking. You can also go to individual apps in the settings app to disable location services and other tracking information.

To stop google from tracking you, go to your account, pick your personal info. And privacy, and click “go to my activity” to erase some of the data.

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