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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RE[2]: simple solution
by Chrispynutt on Fri 20th Jul 2012 14:02 UTC 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[3]: simple solution
by Drumhellar on Fri 20th Jul 2012 17:07 in reply to "RE[2]: simple solution"
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WTF? A well reasoned argument contained, offering reasonable alternatives, without disparaging the people who don't choose one of those reasonable alternatives, in a cool, even-tempered comment?


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