70% of Android & iOS apps selling your personal information to third-party tracking companies
Did you know that more than 70% of Android & iOS apps have been selling your personal information to third-party tracking companies? Yes, you heard it right, most of the unauthorized apps collecting your privacy information from your Smartphone and selling this sensitive information to analytics companies for future case studies and demographics.
Actually, not even single Android or iOS apps have permission to access to your privacy data, but we’re giving full access to those apps at the time of installation. We can notice that whenever we try to install applications from the playstore or iOS store, at starting it’ll ask user’s permission to continue the installation procedure we simply press ‘Allow’ at the bottom without reading the entire conditions provided in the box.
So the mistake is from our side, whenever we install any chat/video call app on our Smartphone it will ask that ‘app need permission to access your camera and microphone for voice/video calls’ in the conditions box but most of the Android or iOS apps also asking to access to your Smartphone privacy data in the terms list.
Lumen Privacy Monitor
In order to know which type of data has been collecting through your installed applications, IMDEA Networks Institute in Spain stated a free Android application called ‘Lumen Privacy Monitor‘ which provides you a list of apps that tracking your privacy information without asking your permissions.
The new Lumen privacy monitor app only gives information about which apps has tracked your sensitive data, but the further actions should be taken by the user. Lumen wants to maintain transparency with the users about the tracking data, so with the privacy monitor application you can find out the real-time data sharing by your apps, and you can also see with whom your data has been sharing.
“We’re trying to show the details of applications’ hidden behavior in an easy way. It’s all about research, too, so we ask users if they’ll allow us to collect some more data about what Lumen privacy monitor observes their applications are doing – but that doesn’t include any sensitive or privacy data,” the researchers said in a statement released by the institute.
Lumen researched more than 5000 popular apps which were used by almost everyone in the world, more than the 1600 people have been using this privacy monitor service from 2015 and they found that it is an easy way of finding your service provider who has been stealing your privacy info.
“Till now We’ve discovered up to 598 internet sites which are likely to be tracking users for advertising purposes, which includes social media services Facebook, Yahoo and Google, and online digital marketing companies under the hood of Internet service providers like Verizon Wireless,” the study said.
“Tracking users on their smartphone’s is just part of a larger problem. Almost More than half of the application-trackers we identified also track users through websites. Thanks to this technique, called ‘cross-device’ tracking, these services can build a much more complete profile of your online persona,” the researchers said.
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