App TikTok developed in China, whose government engages in pervasive surveillance of its own citizens.
Do you think you are being followed? While you ponder the answer, let us recall that almost every action is passive observation. The average web page communicates received data with dozens of developers. The same can be said of many mobile applications. Some of them do collect sensitive information, including your location and data about calls. Different businesses and even event organizers use Bluetooth and WiFi to monitor people nearby. Retail networks use technology to facial recognition to identify buyers and make them personal promotions. Moreover, the resulting information private companies may share with law enforcement.
Today, many pay attention to news about the leak of personal data of users of social networks, banks and other online platforms. But what about mobile ? Despite the fact that their requests are not always violate the privacy, anyway, their use involves risk. The fact that applications often require access to all sorts of information on mobile devices. If you want to publish photos to Facebook, the app needs to access your photo library. If you need traffic updates in real time, the app requests access to your location. Program convert speech to text request access to the microphone. But this does not mean that they are using access to listen to your conversations (although the Facebook app is just that ). However, some applications want to access other functions of mobile devices, which have nothing to do with the work of the application itself. This applies to requests for access to flash camera equipment and location information. The resulting information is then sold to ad networks.
unfortunately, today should not count on the integrity of developers and heads of corporations
So, thanks to criticism of the companies and that in the past have allowed data breaches, steps have been taken to prevent unauthorized access to device functions and better inform users about what information to have access to installed applications. As reported , some apps request access to your location, to provide users with the best personalized information. Not to mention that they sell or use data for targeting ads. Recently the journalists of the New York Times that one of the most popular apps sent location data of users to 40 different companies while users felt that their location was monitored only for receiving a weather forecast.
The Free app is usually downloaded trackers — in the end, developers need some way to earn money. Users should not expect that such application will not collect their data.
Faceapp assures users that it does not provide data to the governmentRussia
The Results of conducted by members of the International Computer Science Institute, showed that the paid version of apps often have the same trackers as their free counterparts. Researchers believe that we are entering an era when we can not be sure that if you pay for the app, it will not get access to personal data. Games are often considered one of the most invasive apps, not to mention the fact that they are often designed or specially adapted for children, who should be protected in accordance with privacy laws, developed specially for children. Experts advise to carefully study the resolution of gaming applications before installation.
Before you can download apps that ask for access to functions having no relation to the service, researchers are advised to think twice. However, it would be even better if you decide to learn more about the developer. So, if you don't want the Chinese government potentially have access to your data, you will be interested to know that TikTok is owned by Chinese company. TikTok representatives claim that the company does not store user data on Chinese territory and does not share this information with the government. Also, the app is based in Russia, but its developers have stated that it does not store user data in the country. In turn, representatives assure the public that do not provide users ' personal data to law enforcement, however, the number of criminal cases because of the posts in this social network suggests otherwise. So that you can decide whether to trust such companies.
The researchers Also recommend periodically checking the phone settings to see which apps have access to personal information. More recently, Apple and Android devices began to tell users what functions of the application requiring access, provided he can change his mind.
Among experts who study the collection of personal data, is a widespread point of view that the application request for access to personal data — only the illusion of control. Applications often find other ways of obtaining the required information, including location data. They can also use data that does not need permission, such as unique device identifiers that allow applications to collect data about how and when to use them. The obtained information is then sent to advertisers by allowing them to improve their products and raise the level . But still use personal data?
Surely you have heard stories about break-ins and use of personal data. Recently Facebook and Twitter that the personal data of hundreds of users were in the public domain. The reason was the demand of some of the Android apps downloaded from the store , enter your account information. The company received a security report, according to which the development kit software called One Audience provides third-party developers access to personal data such as email addresses, user names and even latest tweets. It is not excluded that someone could gain control over someone else's Twitter account, however, the evidence is to date there.
Gaming applications are among the most aggressive when it comes to privacy
Also hardly transparent application Facebook and Snapchat, as a large number of users regularly complain of privacy violations. However, the saddest thing is that there's nothing we can do about it. It remains only to boycott the application if you do not like or even abandon the use of some social networks. In this case, most likely, in the future the problem of personal data will become much more serious.
I Think, nobody will argue with the fact that people should have the right to know what information about them is collected and what it is doing. The situation in which private corporations handle personal information of users without their informed consent simply . However, almost every day we see that companies are not going to regulate the work with user data, as they are driven, first and foremost, the desire to make a profit. Moreover, many companies go even further: when users give permission to use personal data, applications, charge extra or reduce the quality of service. Thus, they should be held responsible for the misuse of confidential data.
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