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40% of iOS apps invade your privacy without permission, reveals app before getting pulled

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40% of iOS apps invade your privacy without permission, reveals app before getting pulled
Clueful  an iOS app made by Bitdefender that could detect mobile software invading your privacy, was made available for download from the App Store. Over time, it analyzed over 65,000 popular iOS applications and revealed that 42.5% of them collect personal data without encrypting it and 41.4% track the user's location without obtaining permission to do so.  In addition, 18.6% of the analyzed software could access all contact details the user's address book without the owner's knowledge.

Bitdefender developed Clueful so that it could expose "the lack of insight into iOS app privacy" as users are supposedly not provided enough information as to how their personal information is being used. Sure, most of the data these apps collect is technically not used in a harmful way. It is usually obtained so that the ads being displayed by apps match the user's location and preferences. Yet every once in a while, it turns out that even popular apps do not prioritize their users' privacy as much as they should, the recent case with Path being a good example of that. 

Interestingly, Clueful is now nowhere to be found on the App Store as it has been pulled by Apple. What is the reason behind Cupertino's decision to remove the software remains unclear.

source: PCMag 

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posted on 20 Jul 2012, 04:27 14

1. Ohrules (Posts: 305; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


that signboard is hilarious!

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 04:53 4

3. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2117; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


I was thinking the same thing!

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 04:41 12

2. andro. (Posts: 1936; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


40% of IOS apps do this,80% of ifans don't care as owning an iPhone is all that ever mattered to them and they don't care if apple or anyone else is spying on them day or night! Its a strange one though that the app was pulled,did it expose the huge level of apples monitoring of its ifans I wonder?!

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 07:23 3

15. Aeires (unregistered)


Agreed. When you have a walled garden approach, complacency can also become the norm. After all, "Apple screens apps, there shouldn't be any problems...." is an attitude I'm sure most iOS users share.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 04:56 20

4. SprintPower (Posts: 71; Member since: 29 Dec 2008)


Apple removed it because it exposes Apple's faults and that cannot be permitted.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 04:58 4

5. nicholassss (Posts: 348; Member since: 10 May 2012)


I wonder how many people even pay attention to an apps permissions. I just recently learned my girlfriend never knew way permissions were for so she just downloaded and installed whatever -_- I have her keeping an eye out now.

I'm sure this problem is across the boar on every OS.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 05:46 4

12. nyuvo (Posts: 72; Member since: 10 May 2012)


Same for me, whereas all my mates with android phones are super careful about installing apps with dodgy permissions. Mind you we are all engineering students so we by no means represent a good proportion of the population.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 05:00 11

7. tedkord (Posts: 4493; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Well this just can't be. I keep hearing that Apple's tight app store policy means only Google Android apps spy on you. And that Macs are impervious to any form of malware. And that rectangles didn't exist prior to 2007.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 05:17 5

9. Mitchel (Posts: 228; Member since: 25 May 2012)


I agree.. iOS is the most advanced mobile OS and this article is fake.. iOS & App Store is perfect.. lol

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 05:18 4

10. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


yes, Apple, you see, is rotten company and the greatest liar :)

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 10:46 2

19. maxican16 (Posts: 363; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


hahaha

+10 internets

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 05:11 3

8. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


matter of time when they copy the whole strategy from Android
iOS in 2020 = Android today

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 08:21 1

18. Morrr (Posts: 7; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)


welcome you little googlejungend :)

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 05:30 1

11. florian (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


I just wonder how many apps do the same thing on android. There are some wallpapers for example with a suspiciously long list of permissions. Is there any app on Android to monitor that kind of activity?

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 07:24 2

16. Rocksteady (unregistered)


yes there is, it is called Avast.
and it's not pulled off the Google play store.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 07:26 3

17. Aeires (unregistered)


Lookout and a few other apps like it are pretty good for scanning apps before they are installed. And contrary to what many would have you believe, Google does delete apps that are malicious in nature.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 10:51 4

20. maxican16 (Posts: 363; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


The HUGE difference is that Android let's you know what the app is doing before you install it, so you can decide if you're ok with giving up that information.

But I'm sure apple knows what's best for you, which is why they pulled this app... /s

posted on 22 Jul 2012, 12:32

22. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I was gonna mention this. If you scan the Play Store....you will some user give a low rank and complain about permissions for some apps.

And even on the desktop website...it has a list of Permission for the app.

iOS doesnt do this? I dont really know....

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 06:40 2

13. roscuthiii (Posts: 1785; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Uh oh... the RDF is really showing a lot of cracks and tarnish lately.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 06:59 2

14. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Wow...oh well.

Just goes to show....nothings perfect. Something some ppl cant seem to wrap their heads around.

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 11:47 1

21. piggypigs (Posts: 12; Member since: 21 Jul 2012)


yup totally agree. a fact that iFans cannot wrap their head around.

posted on 22 Jul 2012, 22:54

23. Forsaken77 (Posts: 547; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)


Apple has become worse than Microsoft used to be. My opinion of Microsoft has improved, while my opinion of Apple keeps getting worse.

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