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How to opt out of Adobe's ad-based data collection services

Adobe has more ad-based networks than you'll know what to do with.

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We all know and accept the fact that companies track and monitor our usage, both within an app or website. However, it's almost always a shock when you're faced with just how much data a company collects about its user base.

Take Adobe's Marketing Cloud as an example. The company collects data when you use the desktop app, mobile app, upload content to its servers, its own websites, in addition to websites, apps and social network pages of marketers who use its Marketing Cloud service.

It's, well, it's a bit shocking when you look at the list. Actually, it's a good idea you do just that by visiting the opt-out page in the Adobe Privacy Center.

There you'll find a list of all the different methods Adobe uses to collect user data, along with information detailing how to opt-out of specific data collection methods.

Unfortunately, there isn't a single button to remove you and all of your data from the service. Instead, you'll need to carefully read through each section and follow its instructions.

Some areas, such as Internet based-ads, are as easy as clicking on an opt-out button on the page (assuming you've logged into your Adobe account, of course). Other services require you to do things like open the mobile app and opt out in its settings, or to opt-out of machine learning analysis of any content you upload to or send files over Adobe's servers, you'll need to visit your Adobe account preference page.