Why Apps Fail on Protecting Privacy

 

Recently, 85% of Android and iOS apps have failed at protecting privacy.  The Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN) was formed in 2010 in response to Cross-border Cooperation in the Enforcement of Laws Protecting Privacy.

They released a report that has revealed that the majority of Android and IOS apps fail when it comes to protecting privacy.

 

  • 85% of the apps fail to clearly explain how they are collecting, using and disclosing information

 

Of the 1,211 apps examined, the study found that 85% did not clearly explain what data was being collected and nearly one in three requested an excessive amount of personal information.  Many experts believe that the use of third-party advertising platforms are responsible. Privacy leaks from mobile apps do not come from the app itself but from the advertisements which are added.

 

  • 1 in 3 apps appeared to request an excessive number of permissions to access personal information

 

Researchers did note that there are some good practices as some apps use notifications to warn users when certain instances of data collection such as location information was about to take place.

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