Android apps are spying on your privacy, study says

New research has indicated that many Android apps are colluding to spy on your privacy without your permission. According to research in which more than 100,000 Android apps were studied, 23,495 of them were found to collude between one another and share private data, such as:

– Geolocation

– Contact details

– Other private information

The experts say that this could lead to data leaks and data security breaches. Apps that allow the personalisation of ringtones, widgets, and emojis are the riskiest ones, while simultaneously being the least useful types of apps.

For example, a seemingly innocuous app like the phone’s flashlight can potentially be sharing sensitive data with malware apps.

Gang Wang, a computer scientist at Virginia Tech University, said that apps that do not have a good reason to ask for permissions sometimes do not even bother.

The research pointed out that an app collusion can sometimes be completely unintentional. However, this is still a data security breach, and it is impossible to know the true intentions of the developers.

Specifically, the research team wanted to point out that the types of threats resulting from app data sharing collusion typically fall into two categories. User data can be breached either by using a malware app specifically designed to launch a cyber-attack, or through normal apps that are simply colluding.

Professor Wang expressed a desire to see the study raise awareness of this data security problem for consumers that do not pay much attention to what they download and install on their phones.