Thousands Of Apps Caught Recording User’s Screens Without Permission

Posted: Jul 5 2018, 5:28am CDT | by , in News | Technology News

 
Thousands Of Apps Caught Recording User’s Screens Without Permission
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New Study Found Thousands of Third Party Apps To Record Phone Screen Without User’s Permission.

According to a new study, thousands of apps are recording screenshots and videos of user’s screen and send them forward to web analysis companies.

People can be very fanciful about what personal things they do with their smartphones, watching p**n, checking ex-partner’s Facebook account, searching or talking about things you will never do publicly, let us leave the rest to individual’s imagination.

Isn’t it a bit fearful is someone somewhere where is looking at all this stuff.

Many a time, even when we didn’t search for a product on Google, we see product advertisements for what we want. Many of us wondered, how on earth advertising companies get the information about we want, we only chatted about a product with a friend, and within some time you start seeing related advertisements on the web.

There has been a lot of debate about this topic, many conspiracy theorists stormed have the web about how the smartphones are secretly spying on its users, and the personal information being sold to advertising companies.

So, a team of scientists finally decided to run an experiment to uncover the real truth, researchers from the Northeastern University ran a year-long research that closely monitored more than 17,000 android applications, they also included many apps from Facebook and around 8000 of these apps were sending back user data to the social networking company.

9,000 out of the 17,260 monitored apps had the permission to gain access to smartphone’s camera and microphone, so the researchers had hoped to find many applications who record conversations through a phone’s microphone, but no such incidents were taking place, but last month they caught something more frightening.

Instead of listening, the apps were sending user’s screen snapshots and videos to third parties.

In one such incident, GoPuff, a food delivery app was recording user’s screenshots and sending them forward to another mobile analytics company, Apsee. They captured postcode data from the smartphone while the users were using their application, and the company had not included such data collection activities in their terms and conditions.

After this incidence was reported GoPuff has edited their privacy policy. Apsee, on the other hand, has laid all the blame on GoPuff, they openly told reporters that all their clients were clearly told to disclose the use of 3rd party services in their privacy policies.

It is not only the applications, but many times, we ourselves make too much personal data available on the web, and it is very easy for advertising companies to use that information and show relevant advertisements.

But by proving too much personal information available online, we only make ourselves more predictable for them.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/2" rel="author">Luigi Lugmayr</a>
Luigi Lugmayr () is the founding chief Editor of I4U News and brings over 15 years experience in the technology field to the ever evolving and exciting world of gadgets. He started I4U News back in 2000 and evolved it into vibrant technology magazine.
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