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Most Android, iOS applications share personal data with third parties.

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    Default Most Android, iOS applications share personal data with third parties.

    A study titled "Who knows about me?" comes out with startling findings that most of Android and iOS applications share personal data with third parties. The study chose 110 popular free apps from Google Play and Apple Store. As per report the third party domains that collect sensitive data are from Google.com (36%), Googleapls.com (18%), Apple.com (17%) and Facebook.com (14%). It reiterates the fact that nothing is free in the web world even though it seems free outside, it may not be so.

    The study also showed that 93% of Android Apps are connected to a mysterious domain safemovedm.com. It is only quite recently that Apple got rid of many applications from its App Store that were collecting personal data.

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    thats why I am now becoming a fan of windows phones
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    This is not surprising. Google in particular has been getting worse with this over the years. Both Google and Facebook will share your personal data with US intelligence services and security agencies, and God knows who else.

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    I think it is really alarming. They can share our personal data with anybody at anytime. I think it is high time to rethink about sharing our information on net. People will become prey to this by brand image and unscrupulous marketing techniques. Internet is almost like a monopoly of Google and nobody can use Internet without using Google in some way or other. They are just exploiting this weakness.

    I was just wondering how my gmail account is flooded with spam mails. Even though I have not shared it with anybody else, it is full of spam mails and advertisements. Now I got the answer! Nothing is free.

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    I can understand that it may cause a problem for some people, but it's not that important if thousands and thousands of people are involved in the sharing process. I mean even if an app got your personal information, what's the worst thing that you expect to happen?. Personally, I stopped worrying about these apps that can get your information because I am 99% sure that no harm will come from it.

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    as a security measure, i use a completely separate non-google Email for banking and other transactions. never use that for any other purpose and never open that from my mobile.
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    In any other type of business, this would quickly result in a slew of lawsuits. Many people take their privacy seriously, and this is a breach of trust between the vendor and the customer. While I do think Android is a great operating system for mobile devices, I'm not to happy about the quality of apps and that so much personal information is mined. Hopefully, something will be done before the situation worsens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Damien Lee View Post
    In any other type of business, this would quickly result in a slew of lawsuits. Many people take their privacy seriously, and this is a breach of trust between the vendor and the customer. While I do think Android is a great operating system for mobile devices, I'm not to happy about the quality of apps and that so much personal information is mined. Hopefully, something will be done before the situation worsens.
    Yes, you are right and it is high time to act. Users have all the right to safeguard their privacy online. Any attempt to give it to any third party without the consent of the user should be dealt seriously. But the sad part is that it has become a common practice online nowadays.

    Recently there was a news that the famous laptop manufacturer Lenovo is caught loading a spyware in their laptops and that is without the knowledge of the customers. Even though they said that this is just to analyze the general behavior of the users, it is a crime to intrude into the privacy of a person. Hope authorities will take it up seriously before any untoward incident happens.

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    Well you can simple make a new email with fake info and use that for games so you can still enjoy these apps without worrying about your security. I have multiple games on my android and I am not using my real identity on any of them for security reasons. I created a fake Gmail and Facebook account for them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by panchabhut View Post
    thats why I am now becoming a fan of windows phones
    I agree with you! I am an owner of a Lumia 830. Android and IOS users always say that their OS has several apps, however there are several researches about the low quality of the some apps in the AppStore and GooglePlay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cashewfruit_wine View Post
    Well you can simple make a new email with fake info and use that for games so you can still enjoy these apps without worrying about your security. I have multiple games on my android and I am not using my real identity on any of them for security reasons. I created a fake Gmail and Facebook account for them.
    That is really a good suggestion. I am already doing that. I stopped using my personal gmail with anybody else than with those who need it mostly. Since Internet mails give us an option to have multiple accounts, I think we should use that for our safety. But it is a headache to manage all those passwords if we are not organized well. But otherwise we need to pay the price for it anytime. Precaution is better than cure.

    Earlier I used to give my person mail id everywhere and it was a real pain to clear my inbox from spam mails. When I came to know of its potential danger, I stopped using it for everything and the number of spam mails had gone down substantially.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cashewfruit_wine View Post
    Well you can simple make a new email with fake info and use that for games so you can still enjoy these apps without worrying about your security. I have multiple games on my android and I am not using my real identity on any of them for security reasons. I created a fake Gmail and Facebook account for them.
    That is a very good security measure, I also use it. Yes, they share information, but I think it's for good reason, it helps to develop new applications and improve the above based on the requirements that people have these days. Also as a security measure because our data is valuable and do not want to fall into the wrong hands even though we do not like to share, but you have to accept if they actually share our information with others.

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