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December 20, 2010

"Your Apps Are Watching You"


Above, the headline of Saturday's sensational Wall Street Journal article by Scott Thurm and Yukari Iwatani Kane, subheaded "A Journal investigation finds that iPhone and Android apps are breaching the privacy of smartphone users."

The graphic up top accompanied the piece.

A detailed interactive graphic shows the behavior of each of the 101 popular apps investigated by the paper.

Pause for thought, indeed.

December 20, 2010 at 10:01 AM | Permalink


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(1) It's your fault, Joe, that I have "Angry Birds"
(2) Airplane mode on iPhones and iPads will stop transmission of cellular network data
(3) Turning off the WIFI mode on iPhones and iPads together with the Airplane Mode makes you invisible.

So, for safe play: disconnect. If you want to play on-line, well that's another story.

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Dec 20, 2010 1:21:05 PM

I have a real problem with my phoneid being transmitted to others, but unless the companies stop apps from gaining access to it, what real reason do they have for NOT using it? There is no reason to use it at all unless you need a unique id that is 100% identifyable to a piece of hardware.

That said, on the iPhone, the rest of the data? It is stuff YOU put into the app. What do you think they are going to do with it? Why did you think they asked for it anyways? When AngryBirds asks to allow access to your location, did you wonder why? Name, phone #, age and otherwise are all stuff that you put into the application yourself. Why would you do this??? I always lie about my age...mostly to women who all think I'm 29.

Posted by: clifyt | Dec 20, 2010 12:18:01 PM

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