How to Find the Privacy Labels for All Your Apple Apps

How to Find the Privacy Labels for All Your Apple Apps
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Apple is now forcing companies to use its new privacy labels, introduced in December of 2020, if they’re going to keep offering updated versions of their apps on the App Store. And that includes Apple’s own apps, too.

If you’d like to check up on Apple’s own data-collection policies, you’re welcome to scan through its gigantic privacy overview. If you just want to know about the data-collection policies for a few of its apps, though, there’s an easier way to view Apple’s privacy labels for its own apps than going to the App Store and looking up each one-by-one.

Instead, visit the “Labels” section of Apple’s Privacy page, and you’ll see every single privacy label for everything Apple makes that runs on iOS, iPadOS, macOS, tvOS, or watchOS. Yes, it’s a pretty hefty list — 103 in total. (I counted.)

Within each app, you’ll get one of two boxes: one indicating that Apple is collecting data from you, but not associating it with you, and other indicating that Apple is collecting data that can be tied back to you.

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If you want to dig deeper into the data Apple is siphoning from your apps and usage, click the small “See details” link in the upper-right corner for an expanded view into Apple’s data-collection practices:

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Apple doesn’t detail how to adjust the privacy settings for each of these apps, nor whether you’re even able to in your particular operating system. I recommend poking around in the privacy settings of your OS to see what you can adjust, whether that’s tweaking services and permissions for apps, or pulling up individual apps to see what they’re allowed to do on your device.

Don’t forget Apple’s general privacy and tracking settings, too, if you’d like to anonymize yourself as much as possible on your device (like adjusting location services and analytics permissions, for example). You might not be able to specifically prevent, say, the Files app from sharing anonymised usage data with Apple, but you can generally limit the analytics your device sends. With luck, your adjustments will cover whatever apps you’ve looked up on Apple’s list.

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