One setting on your iPad that allows apps to ask for your data is the “Ad Tracking” option. When this is turned on, as noted by the Washington Post, it allows companies to track your internet usage, location, and other information, in order to target you with relevant ads. However, this could be data that is in your best interest to keep out of a stranger’s hands. You can easily change this setting on your iPad and see which apps have these permissions. Here’s how:
1. In your iPad Settings app, go to “Privacy” and tap on “Tracking.”
2. Tap on the slider if it’s green to turn it off. If it’s already off, you don’t have to worry.
3. If you find it is on, you can see a list of apps at the bottom which have either asked to track your information or are currently tracking you.
4. When you tap the slider to turn tracking off, you can opt to “Ask Apps to Stop Tracking,” which will turn off tracking for all apps.
Another privacy setting you may want to look at is “Location Services.” When this is turned on, apps you are using may be able to track your location using GPS, Bluetooth, or Wi-Fi. Some apps do need this to be functional, but use your better judgment to decide if an app really needs your location information. You can see a list of apps on the “Location Services” screen which are currently allowed to track your location, either only while using the app, or always. You can tap on the app and set it to “Never” if you don’t want it to track you. You can also turn Location Services off altogether by tapping the slider at the top so it turns gray.