Mobile Apps Make User Information Public
- April 27, 2011
The Wall Street Journal’s investigation of the use of personally identifying information by mobile device applications found that 47 mobile apps sent location information without users’ knowledge and 56 sent the phones’ unique identification numbers. The location information is sent to companies like Google and Apple as well as advertising networks. One HTC phone running Android was found to transmit a user’s location to Google several times each hour.
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