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Android apps exploit permissions granted, French researchers find

Peter Sayer | Dec. 16, 2014
Android apps really do use those permissions they ask for to access users' personal information: one online store records a phone's location up to 10 times a minute, French researchers have found. The tools to manage such access are limited, and inadequate given how much information phones can gather.

CNIL wants developers — both of mobile apps and mobile operating systems — to take more responsibility for what can be done with their products, and to make continued efforts to provide users with more tools to manage their privacy. CNIL president Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin said "privacy by design" should be developers' design philosophy, and called on them to minimize the collection of data not needed for apps to fulfill their purpose.


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