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Some Android Apps Found Secretly Sending Private Data to Advertisers

Some Android Apps Found Secretly Sending Private Data to Advertisers

A study conducted by researchers from Duke University, Penn State University, and Intel Labs has discovered that some Android apps are secretly sending private data to advertisers without their users' knowledge.

They used TaintDroid to test 30 popular free Android applications selected at random from the Android market and found that half were sending private information to advertising servers, including the user's location and phone number. In some cases, they found that applications were relaying GPS coordinates to remote advertising network servers as frequently as every 30 seconds, even when not displaying advertisements.

Check out the full story at Wired.com.

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