Some Android Apps Caught Covertly Sending GPS Data to Advertisers

Thursday Sep 30th 2010 by Datamation.com Staff
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A study of popular Android apps finds that half send private information--including the user's location and phone number--to advertiser servers.

Ars Technica: Researchers from Duke University, Penn State University and Intel Labs have revealed the results of a study that analyzed 30 popular free Android apps. They found that half sent private information--including the user's location and phone number--to advertisers' servers. In addition, some sent GPS data as often as every 30 seconds, even when no ad was being served.

The researchers plan to publish their full report soon.

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