1,300 Popular Android Apps Access Data Without Proper Permissions
Merely avoiding apps that ask for permissions to gather geolocation data and other personal data is not an effective strategy for privacy-conscious Android users because apps often collect data without consent, new research by the International Computer Science Institute shows.
The researchers found over 1,300 privacy-violating Android apps available on the Google Play store. The long list of apps includes highly popular ones from major publishers like Disney and Samsung. All the apps use the same software developer kit (SDK), which is produced by Chinese tech firm Baidu.