Study: iOS apps leaked more user data than Android apps, but of the more benign kind

Study: iOS apps leaked more user data than Android apps, but of the more benign kind
Android usually gets a lot of flak for being prone to hacking and leaking personal info, ubiquitous as it is. Research from digital security firm Zscaler, however, pegs iOS apps to be a bit leakier in terms of user info, though most of the information that emanates from mobile apps there in general was found to be pretty benign.

On average, Android apps that passed through the company's cloud transaction, leaked user data in 0.3% of the cases, while that figure was 0.5% for iOS apps, yet the number there is derived from a larger sample. Both are not big numbers, though, plus it is mostly device info and location data that are shared.

Only a fraction of the leaked data was found to be personally identifiable info (PII). This is where Android and iOS differ again - just 0.2% of the iOS leaks included PII data, while on Android that share was 3%. The geographic distribution of the leaky apps is also pretty interesting - 70% of iOS privacy-related traffic comes from China, while for Android it's from US and UK. Not very surprising, given the come-and-go state of Google Services on Android phones in China.


source: Zscaler

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14 Comments

1. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Clarification would be needed, in terms of what this is 'leaked' and what 'location' is? ip? gps location? which? what devices? And at least by the written definition, metadata which has unique id's and network data can be used for gathering personal identification information, soo, none of this on both sides is good. :(

3. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Right on! This stat as it's presented, isn't clear enough to comprehend what exactly was leaked, and how. This is vaugue, literally.

2. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

This is where Android and iOS differ again - just 0.2% of the iOS leaks included PII data, while on Android that share was 3%. Damn Google must do something about this....

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Posts: 115; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

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9. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

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10. AlikMalix unregistered

Sonoma tot info leaked for android apps is in the US and Europe and most of leaks for iOS apps in China. I guess iOS users should not worry in the US but as android user in the US I would stop using apps. I think that's the polarity of the matter. Appple needs to crack down on Chinese App Store.

12. AlikMalix unregistered

*So most of info....*

14. straightfromhell

Posts: 15; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

So what? Can't enjoy iphone with all this apps anyway

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