Security technology company MyPermissions announced the launch of Online Privacy Shield 3.0 for iOS, which provides users with information on which applications are accessing their personal data via Facebook and other social networks and online services.
The MyPermissions Online Privacy Shield 3.0 app provides the following information on devices’ apps via a user-friendly dashboard:
- Apps that post in users’ names.
- Apps that know users’ locations.
- Apps that read users’ inboxes and access their contacts.
- Apps that share images/photos and files.
- Apps that access personal data.
- Apps accessing other information.
Online Privacy Shield 3.0 also alerts users on the activities of recently installed apps, as well as apps that have not been used for extended periods of time but are accessing users’ data anyway.
Users can then decide which apps to classify as “trusted” on the dashboard, and which to revoke permissions for.
MyPermissions CEO Olivier Amar said in a release introducing Online Privacy Shield 3.0 for iOS:
Most mobile users are unaware of the magnitude of personal data that is available to a mobile app when it is installed on their phone. Even dormant apps that haven’t been used in years are able to access large amounts of personal data. MyPermissions created Online Privacy Shield to provide transparency for iOS users, which puts the user back in the driver’s seat to decide who and what will be allowed to access private information.
Readers: Do you use Online Privacy Shield or similar apps to track the permissions you have granted to apps on your devices?