Recently, I wrote a post on how smartphone apps send users’ private data off to various companies without users’ knowledge. As shocking as some of that information was, a more recent article in the Wall Street Journal shines even more light on the issue, noting that smartphones don’t keep secrets!
Previously, I mentioned some of the “leakiest” smartphone apps that gather and record users’ personal information, including Groupon, textPlus 4, and Paper Toss, but check out this infographic from the WSJ on the popular music app, Pandora:
I recently came across this video on the WSJ’s News Hub “What They Know” series and was slightly horrified.
In this feature, Julia Angwin, WSJ.com Senior Technology Editor, explains to Simon Constable, Dow Jones Newswires columnist, how smartphone apps gather and broadcast data about users. However, unlike clearing the cookies on your computer, with a smartphone, the data is embedded so there’s pretty much nothing you can do about it. I suppose smartphone users could refrain from downloading apps altogether, but, let’s face it, that’s never going to happen. Read more…