40% of iOS apps invade your privacy without permission, reveals app before getting pulled
0. phoneArena 20 Jul 2012, 04:24 posted on
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...
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2. andro. (Posts: 1990; 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?!
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.
4. SprintPower (Posts: 74; Member since: 29 Dec 2008)
Apple removed it because it exposes Apple's faults and that cannot be permitted.
5. nicholassss (Posts: 364; 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.
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.
7. tedkord (Posts: 7962; 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.
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
10. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)
yes, Apple, you see, is rotten company and the greatest liar :)
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
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?
16. Rocksteady (unregistered)
yes there is, it is called Avast.
and it's not pulled off the Google play store.
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.
20. maxican16 (Posts: 364; 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
22. jroc74 (Posts: 5646; 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....
13. roscuthiii (Posts: 1952; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
Uh oh... the RDF is really showing a lot of cracks and tarnish lately.
14. jroc74 (Posts: 5646; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Just goes to show....nothings perfect. Something some ppl cant seem to wrap their heads around.
21. piggypigs (Posts: 12; Member since: 21 Jul 2012)
yup totally agree. a fact that iFans cannot wrap their head around.
23. Forsaken77 (Posts: 552; 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.