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« on: September 10, 2018, 04:05:24 pm »

These apps may be selling out your location data for a few extra dollars

'The GuardianApp team has discovered that a growing number of iOS apps have been used to covertly collect precise location histories from tens of millions of mobile devices, using packaged code provided by data monetization firms.'

People like to think Apple's App Store is rigid and closed but it actually provides an enormous amount of freedom and flexibility to developers so they can craft useful and hopefully thoughtful apps for us, the shared users and customers. Unfortunately, the same frameworks that some developers use to make groundbreaking apps others misuse to make trust-breaking ones instead.

From the Guardian App blog:


  In order to gain initial access to precise data from the mobile device's GPS sensors, the apps usually present a plausible justification relevant to the app in the Location Services permission dialog, often with little or no mention of the fact that location data will be shared with third-party entities for purposes unrelated to app operation.
 
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