Report Finds Applications on iOS & Android Regularly Spy on Users

A recent report by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard, and Carnegie-Mellon universities found out that Apps on iOS and Android operating systems leak a lot of information of users to third parties.

The Research Team of these universities studied 110 apps available on both Google Play and the Apple App Store. Interestingly they found out that 73% of the Android Apps shared users’ email addresses, and 47% of the iOS Apps shared location data as well.

Report Finds Applications on iOS & Android Regularly Spy on Users

Privacy International said that:

“It was more evidence of how devices betray all of us”.

The researchers also concluded that the HTTP and HTTPS traffic that existed while using the different Apps and looked for communications actually included personally identifiable information, behavioral data such as search terms and location data.

The report also found that the Android Applications sent sensitive data to 3.1 third-party domains, on average, whereas the iOS Applications connected to 2.6. The Android Applications were more likely to share personal information for example name is shared about 49% by the Apps and address by 25%. On the other hand, iOS Applications shares 18% names and 16% email addresses.

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