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IDG Contributor Network: How iOS, Android apps share your data without notifications

Discussion in 'Network World' started by RSS, Dec 14, 2015.

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    The vast majority of tested Android apps share users' personal information like email addresses with third parties "behind-the-scenes," a report has uncovered. Many apps aren't required by the OS to notify users of the data being shared, the study finds.

    Out of 110 tested Android and iOS apps, 93% of the Android apps connected surreptitiously to a strange domain called safemovedm.com, for example.

    It's probably part of a background process, surmises the authors of a report published at the end of October on Harvard's open forum Journal of Technology Science (JOTS) website.

    The pillaging

    The study found that 73% of Android apps shared Personally Identifiable Information (PII), and that "47% of iOS apps shared geo-coordinates and other location data with third parties."

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