Thursday, October 7, 2010

"Phone Home..." was cute in E.T. but not on your smart phone

A new tool called "TaintDroid" revealed some important secrets behind the Android phones this week.
The tool is a real-time privacy monitoring tool.

30 popular apps on the Android phones were recently reviewed using "TaintDroid" by researchers at Duke, Penn State, and Intel.  Out of the 30 apps reviewed, they all asked for the phone's current location.  Once you answer "yes", 15 of the 30 send out the information to ad networks without your permission.

Roughly 1/3 of those 15 apps also included other details which COULD BE used to track you personally such as the:  Device ID, SIM card number, and the phone number.

Google indicates that they ask permission first to use your phone location.  Seems a little sneaky to me.

As always, I am open to your opinions!


"Study: Android Apps Sending Private Data To Advertisers", Barry Levine,, September 30, 2010.

TelecomTV One, October 4, 2010.

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