Android Apps Caught Sending GPS Info to Advertisers

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  1. pandroid

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    all apps should be tested to see if they phone home. i guess thats a big task, but at least they should provide that taintdroid app so people who are worried can test there apps themselves. then maybe make an option to upload the results to a server and compile a list of safe/unsafe apps

    luckily. im in a country with no CDMA, so i cant call using my droid. my gps doesnt work here either. and my other cellphone sits at home. ive have no ez-pass or credit card. as for my IP, you could get my city i guess. but i could always go through hotspot shield, tor and several proxies... but thats taking it too far. i dont have anything to hide but nevertheless i dont want to be tracked

    i think im safe... for now:)

    moral of the story... dont trust technology if your hiding something
     
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    Privacy laws vary from state to state and country to country. In some states it would be completely legal for me to record a conversation without notifying the other party, for example.

    If you belong to a social network or an online forum, you should assume that the information you enter on those sites is being sold to advertisers along with queries you enter into a search engine.

    If you take your internet security seriously, then you should put in the time to research the solutions instead of relying on someone else to do it for you.
     
  3. importune

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    Wow, again. I'm not saying that this is an outrage- I'm saying its morally wrong.
     
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    when you first setup the phone, one of those first screens makes a comment about sending gps information etc. in fact, google maps uses our gps info to generate the traffic layer. so even if these 3rd parties aren't allowed to, google still can.
     
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    Bro, Google maps uses your GPS all the time, has nothing to do with any layer.

    As for open source making thing secure, no. Look at apple, they screen each and every app for approval where as Google says "let-er rip!" and waits for people to complain before removing apps, no preventative investigation. So going the open source way with Android and the Android market means that we are far far more prone to this kind of malicious potential than a locked down system. It's something we just have to deal with to get the kind of freedom we have. Frankly I don't mind at all...
     
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    So ya'll are saying that people, other than my family, knows I spend all day sitting in my recliner!!!??? :icon_ banana:
     
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    Ohhhhhhhhh.......no wonder. We were having a discussion in the mod forum wondering if you were alive since you haven't moved in hours.

    Oh wait....

    Seriously!!. Dude come on I was joking!!!!!

    There's no need to move out of your chair and go to the kitchen. Seriously man we can't see anything!!!....

    Sent from my Droid
     
  8. pandroid

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    people are throwing the word "open source" around the wrong way.

    open source means that the 'source' code of the software is freely available. that means anyone can gander at the underlying code of a program and see exactly what its doing. is it calling home with private info or is it doing exactly what it advertises. not only that, but anyone can take that code, change it and develop the application further resulting in a massive increase in innovation and advancement and a massive decrease in malevolence. look at how many virii linux has vs windows/mac. yes mac has virii. open source also makes knowledge free. which im a big believer in

    ANDROID is open source. thats why we are graced with so many source built roms that outshine stock android..

    apple has a strict approval process but i still see articles online every once in a while about some malicious iP** app that fell through. not only do bad apps still fall through, this gives apple the right to disallow anything they want. this power, they are KNOWN for using. its like your government telling you which sites you can and cant visit or which books you can and cant read

    anyways. i just want people to understand opensource. because in my point of view, its much more than that. its a philosophy, it promotes growth, innovation, variety and can even bring forth a revolution
     
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    God I hate when people do $#!+ like this. That's why I totally justify using adblocking programs. If it wasn't for that, I might not mind, but I can't stand it

    Sent from my Droid using Tapatalk
     
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    Damn we're funny!!!:)
     
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    When you install an app from the market, it explicitly tells you what permissions you are granting to the app. If you don't want to share your location data, don't download the app.

    The advertisers are using it to send you targeted ads relevant to your location. Personally, I prefer seeing ads from local businesses than ads for things that I will never need from a place I will never go.

    Alan
     
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    here are the 30 apps that were tested. i bet i can guess at least 10 of them that share your personal info. its not just GPS data, but IMEI, phone number and SIM numbers

    here is a .pdf of the analysis
     
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