July 19, 2012
Thousands of iPhone Apps Tracking Users Location Without Permission
Research conducted by Bitdefender claims that almost one in five Apple iPhone apps can access a user's Address Book, while some 41 percent can track the users location and more than a thirds also store user data without encrypting it. Cellular News reports.
The study of more than 65,000 apps distributed widely on the Apple App Store revealed tens of thousands tap contact information and access data without explicit user permission.
While many apps clearly use these privileges to function, others have no obvious use for the data they may be collecting, ranging from accessing a user's phone book to tracking usage. By default, apps on the App Store only ask for permission to access location-related services and not when accessing the Address Book or other functions.
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