Many Android Apps Pose Privacy Threat, Says Security Vendor

Wednesday Jun 23rd 2010 by Staff

SMobile Systems says that as many as 20 percent of Android apps let third parties access private or sensitive information.

Computerworld: According to a new report by security vendor SMobile Systems, as many as 20 percent of Android apps can exposes private or sensitive information to third parties. The company arrived at that conclusion after analyzing the permissions requested by 48,000 apps in the Android Market.

The report notes that permissions which allow apps to initiate a phone call, read SMS messages or identify the phone's location are generally intended for beneficial purposes, but also could be exploited by criminals.

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