Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Spotted: App to protect private data on iOS devices finds almost half of other apps access private data

This research only possible on jailbroken devices: a survey of apps and the information they access. 

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App to protect private data on iOS devices finds almost half of other apps access private data

Almost half of the mobile apps running on Apple's iOS operating system access the unique identifier of the devices where they're downloaded, computer scientists have found. In addition, more than 13 percent access the devices' location and more than 6 percent the address book. The researchers developed a new app that detects what data the other apps running on an iOS device are trying to access.




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Benjamin Watson
Director, Visual Experience Lab | Associate Professor, Computer Science, NC State Univ.
919-513-0325designgraphics.ncsu.edu | @dgllab

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