Apps are currently facing some issues since most of them are tracking user data without any permission. Some of these services even updated their user data sharing policies just to force people to agree that their sensitive information will be tracked.
This is currently a serious matter since many individuals are currently relying on apps to communicate with their loved ones during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, especially since there are new variants of the virus that are currently spreading in many countries such as the United Kingdom, the United States, South Africa, China, and more.
Apps are also essential today since most businesses and companies are conducting work-from-home basis. Employees are using these services to communicate with each other to make plans on how they’ll maintain their business or company so that it won’t close permanently.
However, these apps seem to be taking advantage of what is currently happening. To help people further, Apple released its App Store‘s update to require all app developers to send their tracking habits, especially when they make new services.
However, security researchers discovered that some of these applications are secretly tracking your sensitive info, even if they show the latest App Privacy Labels. This means that even if that app reveals its tracking habit or states that it doesn’t track your data, there’s a high chance that it is still storing and gathering sensitive user information.
Apps with App Privacy Labels that still track user data
Patrick Jackson, the Chief Technology Officer of the developer of Privacy Pro, said that they took some applications with a Blue checkmark on privacy labels to see if they collected any user data at all as indicated. The security researchers also used a search engine to find if these iOS apps and used software called Privacy Pro that logs and blocks connections to trackers.
The new study revealed that several iOS applications were found sharing information that could identify a user’s iPhone with Facebook, Google, and Game Analytics. Aside from this, the researchers also found some disturbing activities within the services.
They claimed that these applications are sending the user’s ID and iPhone model to Unity, a company that provides game makers with software data. In addition, they also shared data related to the battery level of the phone, the remaining amount of free storage, the general location of the phone, and the volume level.
The security experts involved in the study said that the applications include Satisfying Slime Simulator, Maps.Me , FunDo Pro, and Rumble. Developers changed their services’ labels, but most of them retained their App Label Labels. The findings simply show that users should be careful when using online services and social media platforms.
If you want to make sure that your data is safe, always remember to check the application’s description or read the reviews so that you’ll be informed about the possible issues within the app before you install it. Also do some researcher before you use an unknown platform.