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Study Finds iOS Apps Just as Intrusive as Android Apps

wiredmikey (1824622) writes | about a year ago

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wiredmikey (1824622) writes "Despite fevered arguments that iOS is more secure than Android, or that Android offers developers more options than iOS, a study has found that both platforms are equally as invasive and curious when it comes to collecting user data.

Security firm BitDefender analyzed more than 522,000 apps over the past year and focused on the "intrusive behaviors" the app developer may have included in the product, such as tracking location, reading contact lists, and leaking your email address or device ID. According to Catalin Cosi, iOS applications appear to be more focused on harvesting private data than the ones designed for Android.

Cosi did acknowledge that Android apps state all the permissions needed at installation time and there is no way to change the settings afterwards, while iOS permissions are requested at run-time, as the specific resource is used, making iOS a little bit more secure in practice."

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