How Android apps use personal information

Android applications are supposed to get permission from the user before they gain access to personal information, such as location. But what happens once the permission is given?

This study from Network World looked at 30 apps to see where and when personal information was used, and found some worrisome results.

A recent test of prototype security code for Android phones found that 15 of 30 free Android Market applications sent users’ private information to remote advertising servers, without the users being aware of what was being sent or to whom. In some cases, the user’s location data was sent as often as every 30 seconds.

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