Android and Apple iPhone Apps are Just as Permeable

A short time ago, Google established itself in the warm seat when a group of researchers start a big sample of Android apps dealing out personal data with no consumers’ consent.

Currently it looks as if Apple iPhone apps are just as blameworthy, if not bad.

iPhone apps gives out additional personal data not including the consumers’ consent than Android apps, according to a study of 101 mobile applications conducted by the Wall Street Journal.

The “leakiest” apps consist of Pandora, Grind, Paper Toss and TextPlus 4, which sent age, gender, zip codes and consumer IDs to manifold ad networks, according to the WSJ.


The most frequently presented information, frequently sent back to either the app manufacturer or sold to an advertisement network, is the inimitable consumer ID number of phone, which be able to provide companies costly information on what an proprietor does with his or her phone.

WSJ’s Julia Angwin said in a video report that different websites, mobile apps do not have privacy policies which you are able to observe under the jump.

The WSJ employed a technology consultant from Electric Alchemy to execute the test, a software safety firm, to examine 101 of the most popular apps on the Apple App Store and Android Marketplace; 50 apiece for the iPhone and Android and the WSJ’s iPhone app. The advisor tested the apps on an iPhone 3G and a Samsung Captivate.

Business Insider recommends the WSJ may perhaps have been overstating the risk of transmitting information back to an advertisement network.

Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry writes, “The WSJ story is not apparent as to when the information is transmitted back to the app manufacturer, or back to third party ad networks or analytics firms, which is fairly dissimilar and Ad networks and analytics software receive nameless data and utilize it to do aiming or discover how you make use of your gadget…aiming and analytics have been online for fifteen years at this moment and it does not appear to have harm anyone.”

In October, Apple claims it has over 300,000 apps in the App Store, while Android Marketplace strikes 100,000.