A can of worms has been opened regarding the possibility of some Android apps sharing your personal data with advertisers.
A Channel 4 news story reports on how easy it is for apps to access our personal data and how advertisers can get to that data too.
Channel 4 reports on some research done by MWR InfoSecurity. It claims that a lot of the permissions you give in apps are granted to the adverts that appear in the apps as well as to the app developers themselves.
MWR InfoSecurity found code that gave advertisers access to your contacts, calendar and location, and produced a test app to show how personal data like text messages and contact details could be accessed if you give permissions when installing an app.
Given that many of the most popular Android apps are free and add supported, this could be a serious issue.
Channel 4 took its findings to the European Commission, which expressed concern.
This is a story which could run and run, so what do you think?
Do you mind if apps have access to data like your texts or address book?
What about if that data is given to advertisers within apps?
And do you just give permission when installing apps without double checking them – bearing in mind that an app won’t install if you don’t give it the permissions it wants?