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We found that a lot of the free applications in the top 50 apps list are using advertising inside the applications and that the permission that you grant to these applications is also granted to the advertiser

Obvious....

Advertising happens very where, App makers have to get funding from some where, iOS apps have adverts rolleyes.gif.... Blown out of proportion by the media yet again.... rolleyes.gif
post #12 of 29
The benefit to Android is the large number of free apps. This is possible because of ads.

If you don't want advertisers getting this info, stop being cheap, and buy the ad free version of the app.
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Lollll I can't stop laughing when I see this kind of "news."
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“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:

Orly? So you're not given a choice to disagree, and you're not instructed on what data is being collected? This is what you see before you even download any app off the market:

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post #14 of 29
i can only assume stealth pyro reads every EULA that comes up on his screen
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i can only assume stealth pyro reads every EULA that comes up on his screen

Why is that? It's common sense to read what permissions an app requires before downloading it... it's in plain sight and just a few lines of text. IMO anyone who falls victim to any sort of harm from downloading a particular app deserves it, unless it wasn't in the permissions obviously.

No, I never read EULAs for software when it is from a reputable company, such as Microsoft products and games that I enjoy.

"This app requires access to your login information from other apps and websites." Oh that's cool! *Downloads and installs app* rolleyes.gif
Edited by Stealth Pyros - 3/8/12 at 6:48am
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post #16 of 29
And this is what you get when your OS is made by the company whose revenue is entirely generated by advertising. It's what they do best biggrin.gif
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And this is what you get when your OS is made by the company whose revenue is entirely generated by advertising. It's what they do best biggrin.gif

What? The ads in apps have nothing to do with Google... those ads are placed there by the apps' developers, not Google. Many free iOS apps work the same way; Apple doesn't put the ads in, the developer does if they want to earn some sort of income for their free apps. What I would like to know is what percentage of that ad revenue goes to the developer and to Google, if not all of it goes to the developer (can't find details on that).

FYI this same thing is happening on iOS (apps accessing information that they do not state they collect)

http://www.theverge.com/2012/2/15/2800338/ios-explicit-permission-address-book-update
Edited by Stealth Pyros - 3/8/12 at 7:49am
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post #18 of 29
It's not that difficult nor time-consuming to read the permissions you need to grant for a particular app. Don't people read this stuff nowadays?
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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.

How do you do this revocation? And disable auto-run conditions?
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i can only assume stealth pyro reads every EULA that comes up on his screen

you don't?

Have you heard of the human-centi-pad?
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