Giving Away the Store? What Your Apps Know.

An assortment of Android apps have requested mobile device locations every three minutes on average over a two-week period (works out to over 6,000 requests), according to new research by the Wall Street Journal’s Elizabeth Dwoskin.


In her recent article regarding attitudes toward the research, How Your Apps Can Track You, I learned the following very interesting tidbits:

  • 91% of Americans have anxiety about privacy online.
  • 91% of those polled said they have anxiety about losing control of their personal data.
  • 86% said they have made efforts to mask their online footprint.

When people learned that they could receive nudges or notifications to learn how often companies like Facebook, The Weather Channel, or Groupon track you, it was overwhelmingly received.  Most, after seeing the data, have restricted permissions.