Privacy is a topic of increasing concern lately, to everyone, and it should be. In the age of mobile technology we have developed the bad habit of agreeing without understanding what we’ve agreed to. Somehow, the great urgency and need to use that app right away compels us to say yes to everything. And we know better than that, don’t we?
The apps so useful to people with vision loss that often utilize artificial intelligence and location tracking, are probably taking liberties with our personal info. Be aware and don’t give up your privacy unknowingly. Take these steps to limit your exposure.
Read the Terms Before Agreeing
Limit the Constant Surveillance
It is unnecessary to allow apps to know your every move. Take back this piece of your privacy and keep it under your own control.
Turn off Location Sharing in the Privacy settings of your mobile device. While in Privacy settings also go to Advertising and Limit Ad Tracing. In General settings turn off Background App Refresh. It is also a good idea to turn off Location Sharing in your Google account. When location is required, for use with an app, you can authorize its use Once or When Using App.
Delete Voice Recordings Daily
Get into the habit of deleting your voice recordings from voice assistants and smart speakers on a daily basis. It’s as easy as saying, “Delete everything I’ve said today,” to Alexa or Google. To delete Siri recordings, go to Settings> Siri & Search> Siri & Dictation History, then Delete Siri & Dictation History.
Do Your Research
All the assistants have technical support available by phone, they can help you better understand the policies and get the settings updated. Here are the support phone numbers.
Alexa Technical Support: 877-375-9365
Apple Accessibility Support: 877-204-3930
Google Home Support: 855-971-9121