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#1 AplusWebMaster

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Posted 18 December 2010 - 07:39 AM

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Your Apps Are Watching You
- http://online.wsj.co...3703574602.html
December 18, 2010 - "Few devices know more personal details about people than the smartphones in their pockets: phone numbers, current location, often the owner's real name even a unique ID number that can never be changed or turned off. These phones don't keep secrets. They are sharing this personal data widely and regularly, a Wall Street Journal investigation has found. An examination of 101 popular smartphone "apps" games and other software applications for iPhone and Android phones showed that 56 transmitted the phone's unique device ID to other companies without users' awareness or consent. Forty-seven apps transmitted the phone's location in some way. Five sent age, gender and other personal details to outsiders. The findings reveal the intrusive effort by online-tracking companies to gather personal data about people in order to flesh out detailed dossiers on them. Among the apps tested, the iPhone apps transmitted more data than the apps on phones using Google Inc.'s Android operating system. Because of the test's size, it's not known if the pattern holds among the hundreds of thousands of apps available. Apps sharing the most information included TextPlus 4, a popular iPhone app for text messaging. It sent the phone's unique ID number to eight ad companies and the phone's zip code, along with the user's age and gender, to two of them. Both the Android and iPhone versions of Pandora, a popular music app, sent age, gender, location and phone identifiers to various ad networks. iPhone and Android versions of a game called Paper Toss players try to throw paper wads into a trash can each sent the phone's ID number to at least five ad companies... "In the world of mobile, there is no anonymity," says Michael Becker of the Mobile Marketing Association, an industry trade group. A cellphone is "always with us. It's always on"..."

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Posted 29 December 2010 - 06:18 AM

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Apple - iOS privacy lawsuit
- http://www.theregist...rivacy_lawsuit/
28 December 2010 - "Apple has been named in a class-action lawsuit alleging that the company allows iOS applications to provide advertisers with sensitive and supposedly private user information, according to Bloomberg Businessweek* ... The complaint goes on to allege that iOS devices' Unique Device Identifiers (UDIDs) are "being used by ad networks to track Plaintiff and the Class including what apps they download, how frequently they use the apps, and for how long." In addition, the complaint alleges that "Some apps are also selling additional information to ad networks, including users' location, age, gender, income, ethnicity, sexual orientation and political views"... According to the complaint, the laws violated by UDID abuse include the US Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and Electronic Communications Privacy Act, plus California's Unfair Competition Law and Consumer Legal Renedies Act..."
* http://www.businessw...dvertisers.html

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Posted 10 January 2011 - 12:47 AM

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Your Apps Are Watching You
- http://online.wsj.co...3703574602.html
December 18, 2010 - "Few devices know more personal details about people than the smartphones in their pockets: phone numbers, current location, often the owner's real name — even a unique ID number that can never be changed or turned off. These phones don't keep secrets. They are sharing this personal data widely and regularly, a Wall Street Journal investigation has found. An examination of 101 popular smartphone "apps" — games and other software applications for iPhone and Android phones — showed that 56 transmitted the phone's unique device ID to other companies without users' awareness or consent. Forty-seven apps transmitted the phone's location in some way. Five sent age, gender and other personal details to outsiders. The findings reveal the intrusive effort by online-tracking companies to gather personal data about people in order to flesh out detailed dossiers on them. Among the apps tested, the iPhone apps transmitted more data than the apps on phones using Google Inc.'s Android operating system. Because of the test's size, it's not known if the pattern holds among the hundreds of thousands of apps available. Apps sharing the most information included TextPlus 4, a popular iPhone app for text messaging. It sent the phone's unique ID number to eight ad companies and the phone's zip code, along with the user's age and gender, to two of them. Both the Android and iPhone versions of Pandora, a popular music app, sent age, gender, location and phone identifiers to various ad networks. iPhone and Android versions of a game called Paper Toss — players try to throw paper wads into a trash can — each sent the phone's ID number to at least five ad companies... "In the world of mobile, there is no anonymity," says Michael Becker of the Mobile Marketing Association, an industry trade group. A cellphone is "always with us. It's always on"..."

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I heard about this on the News thanks for sharing

Edited by Slare, 10 January 2011 - 12:47 AM.





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