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Researchers have created Android app to show when other apps track you

Feb 12 2014, 1:02pm CST | by , in News | Android

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Researchers have created Android app to show when other apps track you
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A team of app researchers has recently developed an Android based application to help the common people using Android mobiles determine when their location is being accessed, and something that happens more often than people do think.

All the applications that can access location need to request the permission from the Android platform. Mrs. Janne Lindqvist, who has led the research project, has said via an email about that. The main problem is that, most of the people do not pay any attention to these default disclosures while installing any application.

The researchers have found that the Android powered phones display a flashing GPS icon when the applications are trying to access the user’s current location. But only a few people notice or can actually understand what the icon is informing them.

They have tested the newly created application with a small group at the Rutgers University in New Jersey. They have said that it was the first study to examine how the people have responded when the applications tell them the users are being tracked.

The application they have developed is designed to fix that problem, by making it clearer to the Android users when the other applications are accessing their location data. They have tried several methods, including a special message that flashes on the device’s screen reading, “Your current location is now being accessed by [the application name].

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