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Apple to upgrade privacy on location and photo features in newest iOS

Heather Parry

By Heather Parry

08 June 2017

iOS 11 is on its way, and it looks like Apple have listened to the concerns of their users when it comes to protecting their privacy.

In the newest version of iOS, Apple will make changes to how apps gain information about users’ locations and photos. These changes will give users more control over what information they share—and when they share it.

In iOS 11, all apps that use location data will have an additional third privacy option. Instead of just allowing the use of location data “always” or “never”, apps will now offer the option “only when using”.

In addition, apps that use photo library will be able to access a single photo rather than the entire photo library. Users will also be able to save images from an app without also giving that app complete access to the Camera Roll.

Those currently using the iOS 11 beta are already praising the new privacy features, and the changes are likely to be welcomed by privacy advocates as they give users greater control over what information they share.

Will Apple’s step forward inspire others to do the same? We can only hope.

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