Over 1,000 Android apps are looking at your data, whether you like it or not
What the damn hell.
You know, I’m really starting to become Team Jared. In a new report, it has been discovered that over 1,000 Android apps found on the Google Play Store have been looking at your data, even if you denied it through the app’s permissions.
The best(worst) part? The issues will not be addressed until the release of Android Q later this year.
Researchers looked at 88,000 Android apps and found 1,325 that were collecting data without permission
Sadly, the full list of affected apps will not be released until August, when researchers will present their findings at the Usenix Security Conference. The issue was first discovered in September of 2018 and reported to Google and the FTC.
While the full list might not be available until August, we do have some additional information thanks to CNET.
- Shutterfly, even after being denied permission, has been tracking GPS data on photos and sending it to their servers
- Baidu’s Hong Kong Disneyland park app would piggyback on other apps’ permissions and harvest data that way
- Many apps on the service have the above capabilities, including Samsung’s Health and Wellness app
- Some apps went straight for your Wi-Fi and your router’s MAC address
- Google is working on a feature in Chrome that makes stopping videos and audio easier
- Some bozo’s stupid battery pack forced a flight to perform an emergency landing
- California just passed a law that bans bots from pretending to be real people
- The hacker who crippled gaming services is being sentenced to 27 months in the slammer