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."