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How private data-hungry are your apps?

0. phoneArena posted on 19 Jul 2013, 05:31

Ever heard of an app called Clueful? It's a privacy monitoring and advisory app from security firm BitDefender that aims to clarify which apps may be taking advantage of you by having an unnecessary peek at your private data...

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posted on 19 Jul 2013, 06:21 1

1. darthinvader (Posts: 63; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)

Edward Snowden would be so proud!! :P

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 06:28 6

2. cameogt (Posts: 88; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)

out of 500,000apps

Location tracking
iOS - 227,050 apps
Android - 172,750 apps

Snooping your contact list
iOS - 94,600 apps
Android - 38,450 apps

could leak your email to 3rd party
Android - 30,000 apps

has access to your mobile number
Android - 45,000 apps

access your Device ID
Android - 75,000 apps

these numbers are disturbing. :/

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 08:07

3. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2236; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)

And on Android, Google is getting and keeping 100% of that data 100% of the time. It's not just the apps on the Play Store you need to worry about, it's Google itself.

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 09:05 4

4. Jack58221 (Posts: 157; Member since: 23 Feb 2013)

and since both Microsoft and Apple are working to create their own databases to compete with Google and Apple has higher %s on all of the ones they listed for both, you think Apple is clean. I bet Apple is grabbing twice as much info and not letting it go.

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 09:21

5. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2236; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)

Apple's primary business is not, nor will it ever be, advertising. That alone comforts me. Apple was also not started with CIA money, which also comforts me. Apple doesn't have access to every one of my messages or phone conversations. Apple hasn't been busted and investigated all over the world for regularly misusing or collecting through less than ethical means the data of its customers, and never for collecting data of non-customers. Say what you will, but your equivalency falls far short.

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 09:45 4

6. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 904; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

That's being a little naive napalm. I guarantee your OS and phone carrier are collecting data on you. Apple's primary business is making money and customer data is a money maker. Don't believe me? Google it :)

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 21:44

8. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

If you root your android device you can block access to private data,

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 10:36 2

7. roscuthiii (Posts: 2241; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)

Uh... Can iOS apps not possibly leak your email to a 3rd party, have access to your phone number, or access to your device ID? Or are we not seeing a whole other set of numbers for comparison???

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