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What's that Android app doing with my data?

Sep 30, 2010, 17:32 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Researchers from Intel Labs, Duke University, and Pennsylvania State University have created a tool that analyzes how Android apps handle the data they access on smartphones. Results from experiments on 30 apps might surprise some people.

"The researchers pruned a list of popular Android apps in the main categories down to those that had access to potentially sensitive information, such as location and device identification, and then randomly selected 30 apps to experiment on.

"They then created a proof-of-concept tool call TaintDroid that analyzes in real-time what potentially sensitive information is collected, including GPS data, phone number, contacts, IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number that identifies the device, and the SIM card serial number."

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