Apple requires each developer to disclose what information it accesses, and make that information available to the end user, but who actually wants to sit and read the terms and conditions for hundreds of apps they download? Clueful aims to make the process quick and easy by scanning each app and analyzing the access the app has.
We put it to the test, and gave it a try. It scanned the device, and brought back a list of apps which use data. Using Google's app as a demo, it returned the following things to note:
- Tracks usage
- Can read your Address Book
- Could track your location
- May drain battery tracking location
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- Encrypts stored data
- Uses an anonymous identifier
Much of the data interpretation will be up to the individual user as obviously we trust some apps more than others. It does make the data being accessed blatantly clear, so it'll allow the user to make the most informed decision as to which apps are worth the risk, and which are not.