Last week we ran a story referring to a Channel 4 news report on in app advertisers potentially accessing personal data stored on smartphones.
The story mentioned a US ad network, Mobclix, whose code had been found by a security company to give advertisers access to contacts, calendar and location data.
We said at the time that the story might run and run, and indeed the Android focussed web has been buzzing with it since.
Mobclix itself has spoken about the issue, in a post at the Velti blog.
“The plain and simple fact is that Mobclix never attempted to access private or sensitive information and we certainly do not capture and record that data.”
The company goes on make its case robustly, including saying :
“Every single mobile app has access to some set of user data in order to function that the user has consented to whether the app uses advertising or not. There are tons of apps in the Android market that have more access to sensitive data than any app that is using advertising.”
“Android permissions often grant access to chunks of information rather than a single piece of data. Therefore, in some cases, apps that would like permission to access a single piece of data technically have access to other stuff because of Android’s permission system. There is nothing we can do about that.”
We aren’t convinced this will be the end of the matter. We reckon there’s more talking to come.
How do you feel about it all?
How much do you check permissions when you install apps?