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Apps are sending your personal data to online trackers in violation of Apple's privacy rules. That's the conclusion of a Wall Street Journal investigation , which determined that a number...
12-20-2010, 09:10 AM #1
Apps Violating Your Privacy: Report
Apps are sending your personal data to online trackers in violation of Apple's privacy rules. That's the conclusion of a Wall Street Journal investigation, which determined that a number of popular apps - such as Pandora and MySpace - transmit device and demographic data to advertisers without first asking the user for permission.
The Wall Street Journal tested 101 apps for iPhone and Android and found that 56 of them transmitted unique device identifiers (UDIDs) to a flock of advertisers without asking or even informing the app user. 47 of the evaluated apps send location data and five (including Pandora) transmit your personal details such as age and gender. Apple says that they vet apps before approving them on the App Store, but the Journal found that at least one - Pumpkin Maker - had managed to skirt the rules.
These concerns have been raised before, and one important thing to be aware of is that the collected data is usually processed in batches without any specific information about your identity. However, the fact that UDIDs are being sent out presents the very real danger that someone - be it a black-hat hacker or government organization - could be intercepting this information, slowly building a database of everyone's personal details. Meghan O'Holleran of Traffic Marketplace notes that "you can't clear a UDID like you can a cookie." She says "that's how we track everything."
A mobile-ads executive interviewed by the Journal responded by asserting that "in the world of mobile, there is no anonymity." Michael Becker of the Mobile Marketing Association says that the mobile phone is "always with us. It's always on."
Source: AppleInsider, image via Wall Street Journal
12-20-2010, 09:20 AM #2
Im done using pandora then.
12-20-2010, 09:24 AM #3
Yeah that's pretty lame, damn you Pandora.
12-20-2010, 09:36 AM #4
Now I have to get music instead of pandora, what a pain...
12-20-2010, 09:41 AM #5
Uhh... wow, creepy? Reminds me of Eagle Eye. This pisses me off, I hate that I cant even listen to some streaming music without worrying that someone is digitally stalking me. Stupid iPhone... im gettin a Motorola DynaTAC. Who needs apps?
12-20-2010, 09:44 AM #6
I'm done using Pandora as well. I wonder if Slacker does the same thing.
12-20-2010, 10:05 AM #7
12-20-2010, 10:13 AM #8
Those trackers already have all my info, so what's the point of giving up Pandora now?
Last edited by Volerikan; 12-20-2010 at 10:15 AM.
12-20-2010, 10:14 AM #9
Damn! I use pandora daily. What can they do with this data?
12-20-2010, 10:22 AM #10
Never liked Pandora....and who the hell uses MySpace any more?
I do use Grooveshark...wonder what they are collecting?
We already know FaceBook collects everything it can.
12-20-2010, 10:23 AM #11
This really only confirms what I have been suspecting all along. No surprise here.
12-20-2010, 10:28 AM #12
I have Microchips under my skin so I don't care lol
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12-20-2010, 10:29 AM #13
I blame Obama....
not really, but this really does piss me off too. but like stated before, if they already have it, what's the point of stopping?
maybe there will be a lawsuit and those who have been using it will be rewarded a settlement.
12-20-2010, 10:29 AM #14
I'm wondering how much of this is blocked by 'Privacy'?
Apparently Pandora sends Age, Gender, Location, and phone ID.
Angry birds sends something from Contact info!!! yow.. b-bye!
What They Know - Mobile - WSJ
12-20-2010, 10:51 AM #15
PrivaCy was meant to prevent rogue apps like these from "stealing" your info, unless you specifically grant them access. I wonder if those of us who have PrivaCy installed have any protection against this invasion?
12-20-2010, 10:53 AM #16
So do the privacy toggles on the that tweak need to be on or off? The way the header reads is weird...and yeah, who much does it block?
12-20-2010, 11:25 AM #17
12-20-2010, 11:49 AM #18
Like several others, I just deleted Pandora.
12-20-2010, 11:51 AM #19
Some of those on the list make sense and are not surprises. Like them saying Foursquare sends your location and user info to the company...duh, you have to log in and the entire purpose is that it uses your location.
Actually I was surprised how little Facebook actually uses.
12-20-2010, 12:10 PM #20
Pandora already has my info, so why should I care? Maybe we should all hack the crap out of these apps until they change