Study finds Android apps circumvented privacy opt-in rules and collected sensitive user information against user permission.
Over 1,300 popular Android apps defy user permissions and gather sensitive data with no consent, according to a study by a coalition of academics from the International Computer Science Institute.
The report examined popular mobile apps available through the U.S. version of the Google Play store, including apps published by Disney, Samsung and niche app-makers such as the popular photo app Shutterfly. What researchers found was that many of the apps extracted sensitive user information – including current geolocation data, historical geolocation data and MAC addresses – without consent.
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