Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 20th Jul 2012 12:23 UTC
Apple "Back in May of this year, Internet security firm Bitdefender launched an app and service designed to help iOS users get a grip on what the apps installed on their mobile devices may be up to. [...] The app tells owners of iOS devices which applications may be accessing more information than they need, and identifies potentially 'misbehaving' apps, giving users an inside look at all the information app developers can gather about a user. [...] Seems legit, right? Apple doesn't think so. Or at least they have an issue with something behind the app that sparked them to pull it from the App Store this week." That seems odd. Why would they do such a thing? "Interestingly, Bitdefender did share some data that they gathered based on Clueful's analysis of more than 65,000 popular iOS apps so far: 42.5 percent of apps do not encrypt users' personal data, even when accessed via public Wi-Fi; 41.4 percent of apps were shown to track a user's location unbeknownst to them; almost one in five of the apps analyzed can access a user's entire Address Book, with some even sending user information to the cloud without notification." Oh, right. Informing users their data is wholly unsafe? Not on Apple's watch!
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simple solution
by Janvl on Fri 20th Jul 2012 13:24 UTC
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The simplest solution, do not buy apple. Keep your privacy.

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RE: simple solution
by RawMustard on Fri 20th Jul 2012 13:40 in reply to "simple solution"
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Your answer seemed the most logical, practical and simplest action to take yet you were voted down to 0, how does that work? Apple fanboyz are really on the nose, just like their god.

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v RE: simple solution
by Tony Swash on Fri 20th Jul 2012 13:45 in reply to "simple solution"
RE[2]: simple solution
by fretinator on Fri 20th Jul 2012 13:56 in reply to "RE: simple solution"
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The difference is that Google does not block applications that report on the usage/misusage of other apps. I have 2 installed - Lookout Security and Carat. Lookout reports on security problems with apps. Carat reports apps that are hammering my battery. Spin it any way you want, but ON THIS TOPIC, Android is more open.

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RE[2]: simple solution
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 20th Jul 2012 13:59 in reply to "RE: simple solution"
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LOL - with what Android and Google!!

Google gives full insight into what it collects and what it knows about you, and what is associated with your account. You can export and remove information. You have pretty full control over what they have on you - not perfect, but still very good.

Now, these past several months, I've been asking people like you a very simple question, which, for some reason, never gets answered. Let's try again, shall we?

Where can I see the information Apple has on me?

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RE[2]: simple solution
by Chrispynutt on Fri 20th Jul 2012 14:02 in reply to "RE: simple solution"
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Is that your only choice if you don't buy Apple?

This isn't a football game when one has to win when another fails.

Nokia, Samsung and the rest do a nice line in feature phones with Twitter, Facebook, etc all built in, but in little silos where none of them can read each others data.

There is Blackberry as well.

Not everything is silly fanboy Us Vs Them argument. Both Apple and Google can be the wrong choice for privacy at the same time.

If you value privacy more than the ability to have smartphone, not buying a smartphone is a pretty good option.

Also if you want privacy and a smartphone at least affect the market forces by choosing the least worst option, what ever that is at the time.

Edited 2012-07-20 14:03 UTC

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RE[2]: simple solution
by Soulbender on Fri 20th Jul 2012 14:04 in reply to "RE: simple solution"
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I'm pretty sure he didn't suggest Android and Google.

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RE: simple solution
by moondevil on Fri 20th Jul 2012 14:50 in reply to "simple solution"
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Exactly! +1 (since I already commented)

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RE: simple solution
by ronaldst on Fri 20th Jul 2012 17:22 in reply to "simple solution"
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The simplest solution, do not use cellphones. Keep your privacy.


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RE: simple solution
by phoudoin on Sat 21st Jul 2012 14:22 in reply to "simple solution"
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The simplest solution, do not buy apple. Keep your privacy.

*And* your money.
*And* your soul, possibly ;-)

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