iPhone apps blasted for selling your exact location – do you have this on your phone?



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Your favorite iPhone apps are the trade in your location info for money, according to a new report.

Rogue app developers have been slammed for the alleged sale of real-world data about where you are, or where you’ve been.

Security researchers found more than two dozen apps, including ASKfm, which has 215 million registered users are out flogging your data to outsider companies.

These third-party companies pay the app makers, for information about the location, the increase of the personal privacy.

Sudo Security Group GuardianApp team said they “discovered that a growing number of iOS apps are used to secretly collect precise location histories of tens of millions of mobile devices.”

The team added: “In many cases, the package with the tracking code can be carried out at all times, continuously sending the user’s GPS coordinates and other information.”


Also popular apps like ASKfm are caught up in the scandal

Many smartphone apps collect information about your location.

For example, apps like Google Maps would not work well without knowing where you are.

And other apps such as TripAdvisor don’t necessarily need your location, but offers a better experience (such as finding restaurants near you) by keeping track of where you are.

But security researchers say that some developers are using your location to make a profit, instead of just improve their apps.

iOS-apps accused of tracking your location data

These apps are said to be the sale of your location info…

  • ASKfm
  • C25K 5K Trainer
  • Ads 2.0 Marketplace
  • Code Scanner by ScanLife
  • Coupon Sherpa
  • GasBuddy
  • Mobiletag
  • Moco
  • My Aurora Forecast
  • MyRadar NOAA Weather Radar
  • NOAA Weather Radar
  • PayByPhone Parking
  • Perfect365
  • Photobucket
  • QuakeFeed Earthquake Alerts
  • Roadtrippers
  • ScoutLook Hunting
  • SnipSnap Coupon App
  • Tapatalk
  • The Coupons App
  • Back
  • Weather Live – Local Weather Forecast
  • YouMail Voicemail Upgrade

How did the researchers discover these potentially hazardous acts?

When an app wants to sell your data to a data-harvesting company, the easiest way to do this is by means of an automatic process.

It’s just a piece of the computer of the code of the “data monetization” businesses, and then stabbing them in the app.

That way the app can just scoop up data and flog with a minimum of effort.

Researchers dug into some of the apps on the lookout for these pieces of code, making it possible to determine who can sell your data on.


According to the report, all of these apps were selling one or more of the following types of data:

  • Bluetooth LE Beacon Data information about the real world Bluetooth beacons you to connect with
  • GPS Latitude and longitude – providing an accurate locate of your location
  • Wi-Fi SSD and BSSID with your name and the address of your current Wi-Fi network

This is very sensitive data, but that’s not all that was created.

The report says less sensitive info was also nabbed, including information from your accelerometer (reveal the angle and position of your device, battery percentage of mobile network name, GPS, altitude and speed, and time-stamps for your departure from and arrival at locations.

All 24 apps named in the report included a code of known location data monetization companies. These companies are called:

  • AreaMetrics
  • Cuebiq
  • Actual
  • Physical
  • Huq
  • Inmarket
  • Mobiquity Networks
  • RevealMobile
  • SafeGraph
  • Sense 360
  • Teemo
  • Wireless Registrey

It is worth noting that some of the apps named in this report can no longer have the alleged rogue data-sales-code.

This article originally appeared in The Sun.

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