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How to Opt Out of Companies Like Apple, Facebook and Twitter Sharing Your Data With Third Parties

On Wednesday, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Apple after it was discovered that Siri, the iPhone’s virtual assistant, retained voice recordings of some of its users to improve its voice recognition software. While its “listening program” is currently disabled, Apple plans to create an opt out feature for users at some unclear point in future. It’s also unclear where all this data goes after Apple reviews it.

If you’re curious what kind of data companies like Apple, LinkedIn or Yelp or might share with third-parties—and want to opt out once and for all—visit Simple Opt Out. The website compiles the policies and opt out links of several social media platforms, phone companies, magazine publishers, etc., so you don’t have to sift through indecipherable legal language in terms and conditions or privacy pages.

Crate & Barrel, for instance, might share your name, address, email, and transaction history with “select companies whose products and services you may find useful.” (To opt out, you’ll have to email their customer service.) Meanwhile, Yelp might share your name, calls, check-ins—and your every click on the platform—with other businesses, which is very normal and not at all disconcerting. (You’ll have to log into your account and manage your privacy settings to opt out.)

Opting out of some companies’ ad or data sharing settings isn’t easy, though. As in the example of Crate & Barrel, some companies require that you email them directly to opt out, making the process more difficult and drawn out. (Will they email back? Do their customer support agents even care?) Fortunately, Simple Opt Out also provides a template email you can send companies to get out of data sharing or mailing lists; just scroll to the bottom of the website to copy the template and paste it in an email.

If you don’t see a company listed on Simple Opt Out, here’s some advice they recommend: Do an online search for the company name and “privacy policy,” search for some version of “Your Choices” or “Your Preferences,” and find settings that pertain to data, privacy or disclosure.

And while you’re at it, don’t forget to delete your recordings from devices like your Alexa and Google Assistant which also collect your voice data because nothing matters anymore.

This article was originally published by Lifehacker.

Richard Sabinohttp://itspecialistdr.com
I like to share Information Technology News and how-to tips with all the people around me. I created this blog to reach the most people I can.

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