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The UK’s Channel 4 News has dropped a fresh load of privacy grief in Larry’s lap, with an expose into the way advertisers hitch-hike on apps’ permissions.


The Channel 4 piece has drawn a furious response from European Commission VP Viviane Reding, who has told the broadcaster: “this is against the law, because nobody has the right to get your personal data without you agreeing to this.”


Reding said people have “no idea” what’s happening to their data: “The are spotting you, they are following you, they are getting information about your friends, about your whereabouts, about your preferences. That is certainly not what you thought you bought into when you downloaded a free of charge app. That's exactly what we have to change."

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being a symbian user, I don't think I need to be too worried. Still, if symbian were the popular OS the headline might be different.
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post #3 of 29
Android, enough said.
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Sad, but true. For example, my notepad app requests access to my location (network-based), full internet access and access to my accounts. But not a problem for me as I revoke unnecessary permissions and auto run conditions for every app on my phone.
 
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I really don't understand how people get upset about an application (or the advertisements within the application) using permissions they granted it. Do they think the developers are creating these applications simply for the betterment of humanity?
 
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Meh "agree to it" , you pretty much forced to if you use their services. I have yet to come across a EULA ect that allows you to negotiate the terms rather then take it or leave approach.
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Um.... oops?

Not exactly mind boggling or surprising at all though.
    
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Um.... oops?
Not exactly mind boggling or surprising at all though.

Exactly, there are probably a hundred more apps like this that do the same thing, and it just gives the media something to hyperventilate about
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Android, enough said.

There's nothing wrong with Android. It's a great platform.

If people used common sense when installing apps then there would be no issues. I've realised that most of these privacy complaints are by people who have no clue what they're doing. They agree to every EULA and then when somebody with a brain tells them "you realise you've agreed to x and y?", they come out raging. It's your fault!

You don't want to be tracked? then don't install apps that track you, or if you do, restrict their access (you can get open source, ad free apps that can do this). Most of the apps that require access to your location or SMS or what ever can work even if you deny/restrict their access to these services.
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Marketing at its finest. Anyone in the business industry will tell you. The right amount of money can buy you negative publicity for your competitor.

Ads are purely a simple request script, the only thing being sent is your IP because that's where the request is being sent from and the publisher ID.

For them to be able to do this, the code for ads would have to be more complex, and the developer would have to be in cahoots with the advertiser because they would have to base what they put down the code for the ad around the permissions the app actually needs or else you would have flag quiz apps asking for contact data permissions when it doesn't need them causing massive anger at the developer, and plenty of suspicion.

So in other words, the code isn't there, you look up any mobile advertising developer guide, its a simple request.
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