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'' Apple and Facebook feud reveals a desire for privacy : Many of the biggest tech firms have long insisted that consumers care more about free services than the privacy they surrender to use them. Companies like Facebook pointed to their own exponential growth and insisted that consumers were voting with their feet.''

Turns out, that was pure nonsense. 

When offered an actual choice in the new operating system that runs iPhones, Americans and the world  are all in on PRIVACY.

For example : just 6 percent of U.S. daily users of Apple's latest mobile software are opting to allow companies like Facebook and its many affiliates to hoover up data about them and sell it to advertisers, according to Flurry Analytics. [The figure is higher globally, at about 15 percent.]

Facebook tracks users everywhere online because it can sell ads at a higher rate to marketers when it has highly detailed personal information, known as targeted advertising. That's why advertisements on Facebook are often creepily specific.

MORE SO on that, in the future publishing, as we thank author Greg Bensinger. And for now we return to the master problem, privacy. Something that has started to control us.

THORIN KLOSOWSKI DUG DEEP INTO NEW DISCLOSURES from iPhone apps that show what information they collect about us and for what purpose.

He emerged both confused and concerned about our digital economy, which relies on apps that are obfuscating what is happening with our ''personal information''.

Thorin, an editor for The New York Times's product review site Wirecutter, spoke with me about his research into the app tracking disclosures of 250 iPhone apps, why people should care about app tracking and tips for people to protect their information.

.- Why should people be bothered by digital data collection? If a weather app knows all of the times I went to McDonald's and in return I get local weather forecasts, isn't that a fair trade?

For many people, yes. But it's not a truly informed state.

Let's say you see in the description in the iPhone app store that a weather app records your location all of the time and keeps a record of all of the apps where you have entered the same email address. You have no way of knowing what the app maker needs that data for or whether that information is sold or shared with other companies.

.- What could go wrong?

The facial recognition startup Clearview AI is an example of what happens when information that we put out in the world for one purpose gets collected and used for another - in that case, assembling an online photo database of millions of people - that none of the participants really consented to.

We have little control about what happens to our personal information. Even just trying to understand what happens to our data is exhausting. I have written about digital privacy for years, and I still find it extremely complicated.

.- Is the bottom line that these Apple app privacy disclosures, which are modeled on food nutrition labels, are better than nothing but still not very useful?

That's it. These labels lack context. You can't compare apps easily, so it's difficult to know what's normal activity for an app in any category, and what might be overreaching.

And after spending far more time than I anticipated digging into this, I'm not confident that this information on app tracking is helpful. I'm glad that Apple privacy labels exist, but only as a first step for the public to understand how the whole data-collection economy is broken.

.- Let's find something positive! Are there apps that you have looked at that collect relatively little data?

The messaging app Signal is one, and a notes app called Bear. And almost all of the games that were part of Apple Arcade, the company's $4.99 monthly video game subscription service, appeared to have minimal data collection.

.- What's your advice to people/students who are concerned about their personal data's being collected?

Apps on your phone that you're not using regularly needlessly expose you to more data collection. My top recommendations are to delete any apps that you're not using, and don't download any app at all if you're going to use it only once or occasionally.

Using the website version of a service instead of the app is often a better alternative because the data collection tends to be less aggressive.

.- If you had absolute power, what's one thing that you would change to better preserve our personal data?

I think I would get rid of personalized advertising that's based on what we do, where we go or what our interests are. Digital ads based on our personal information are at the root of what's wrong with our online economy.

The Honor and Serving of the Latest Global Operational Research on Data, Collection and Privacy, continues. The World Students Society thanks author Shira Ovide and Wirecutter Editor Thorin Klosowski - The New York Times.

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