How to Opt Out of Companies Sharing Your Data With Third Parties

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How to Opt Out of Companies Sharing Your Data With Third Parties

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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, s



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