How Android Apps Can Spy On You

Many Android applications collect a huge amount of user data for various purposes, without always specifically explaining why. Vocativ checked 25 of the most popular Android apps in the Google Play store, counting the number of permissions they require and looking at the kind of data they can collect once the users agrees to them, often without even reading them. In fact, Vocativ claims that some Android apps may be worse than even Facebook when it comes to privacy. One reviewer writes about ane Android app by saying, “I will never install this until it is clear as to why the developer needs access to all your private content.”

Vocativ listed 25 of the most popular apps in the Google Play store, including Skype, Facebook and WhatsApp. There are actually about 60 permissions that these apps can ask for—everything from making your phone vibrate to accessing your camera. There are legitimate reasons for apps accessing some of your personal information, such as an automobile navigation app needing to read your location from the GPS/ However, many apps seem to go far above and beyond what is necessary to provide teh service the apps claims to offer.

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