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It looks like a federal grand jury is taking a closer look at specific third-party applications in both Apple's iTunes store and Google's Android Market to see if some applications...
04-04-2011, 03:46 PM #1Apple Target of Federal Probe Due to Possible Personal Info Leaks
It looks like a federal grand jury is taking a closer look at specific third-party applications in both Apple's iTunes store and Google's Android Market to see if some applications are retrieving personal user info from their apps. This is a big no-no in the world of computer-fraud, and could lead to prosecution of any company that may be found to be doing these illegal practices through their applications.
According to the Wall Street Journal and Market Watch, who first broke the story, a federal jury has concern for apps in these "digital stores" that could potentially be giving away personal information from your smartphone, behind the scenes. The user would have little-to-no knowledge that the information is even being sent out.
Market Watch also mentions that popular music-streaming service Pandora is one of the companies who's app is being targeted. Pandora has stated that they were subpoenaed in "early 2011." If you don't remember, this issue popped up right around that time, when both the Weather Channel and Pandora had class-action lawsuits filed against them, that claim that these companies, with Apple's help, created software to obtain individual user info from within their apps.
We'll keep a close eye on this to see if the federal jury uncovers any foul play here. For all we know, this personal information may simply be used for advertising, but its important that our smartphone apps, that have access to a lot of saved personal info, only be able to access information they absolutely need in order to successfully provide content for users.
04-04-2011, 03:49 PM #2
WOW, I can't wait to see the results!
04-04-2011, 04:08 PM #3
This is why you dont put **** on your ipodAm firin ma lasah
04-04-2011, 04:20 PM #4
I know they do, storm8 had a class action lawsuit because their apps grab UDID (I think). They acknowledged that they did this to determine the device the game is played on and later settled on the lawsuit.
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04-04-2011, 05:20 PM #7
Don't know about you but I do not want ads popping up on my iPhone, using my bandwidth on useless ads slowing down whatever I have running even further.
Last edited by unison999; 04-04-2011 at 05:41 PM.
04-04-2011, 05:28 PM #8
Like Pandora that's shares info about you.
04-04-2011, 05:42 PM #9
Read this as I was listening to Pandora-maybe not a good sign.
Does anyone know the details on the information they are "borrowing"? I know someone mentioned UDID, but anything else particular that could be taken?
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04-04-2011, 07:23 PM #12
I don't particularlly won't big companies taking my personal info and stuff :/
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04-04-2011, 07:50 PM #14
I could never get into Pandora, or any of those services. No one knows what I want to hear more than I do.
04-04-2011, 07:52 PM #15
The iPhone sends out data in the middle of the night. Look at your data activity on your bill. I noticed one night it sent out almost 200mb.
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04-04-2011, 09:32 PM #17
Actually the phone does "check in or phone home" quite frequently. Idk about 200mb worth tho. Ask AT&T they will even tell you it uses data even when you aren't using it. If that makes sense. Who knows what it sends idc enough to sniff the packets to find out.
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