Pandora Transmits 'Mass Quantities' of Personal Data

Friday Apr 8th 2011 by Staff

A Veracode security researcher says the free app for Android and iPhone seems "Orwellian" in the amount of data it sends to advertisers.

InformationWeek: After it was revealed that federal prosecutors in New Jersey are investigating mobile apps for collecting and transmitting personal data, Veracode security researcher Tyler Shields decided to find out what the Pandora app for Android and iPhone was telling advertisers about users. "Your personal information is being transmitted to advertising agencies in mass quantities," Shields concluded based on his research.

The app transmitted users' GPS coordinates, birthday, gender, and postal code information, as well as the handsets' unique ID numbers. "When all that is placed into a single basket, it's pretty easy to determine who someone is, what they do for a living, who they associate with, and any number of other traits about them," Shields said. "I don't know about you, but that feels a little Orwellian to me."

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