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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Glossy glass
by Gestahlt on Fri 20th Jul 2012 14:11 UTC
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Do we even care to be tracked?
Even with a dumbphone you can be tracked as long as you have a phone number / sim registered to you. Not as accuratly and informative as a smarter-than-you phone does, but they will find you if they want.

Then we come to the question who are "they"?

That is simple. "They" is anything that tracks you.

Do i care? Well, i do feel uneasy knowing the fact that it is easily possible. Who knows what i am up to.
Do you guys care?

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RE: Glossy glass
by Lion on Fri 20th Jul 2012 21:50 in reply to "Glossy glass"
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it's desirable to know who has that information. in the dumbphone example you gave, that was only available to people with access to the cellular network, ie: emergency services and the telco itself.
These days many people are publishing that info via foursquare, facebook checkins, latitude, etc. Which shares that info with the provider of that service and an audience as controlled by you.
If not illegal, it's at least immoral for an app to gather that information from you without your knowledge.

I don't know if iOS allows app developers to request less granular location data, but at least on android, apps have the ability ask for fuzzy data such as what city you are in, rather than a precise location. I am more comfortable with that as a user.

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