Media: Almost 90% of Russian top-end Android applications transmit personal data to third parties
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89 of the top 100 free applications in the Russian Google Play Store share user data with third-party platforms. This is evidenced by the study of The Bell.
Using the services of AppCensus and Exodus, the publication analyzed exactly what data is processed and transmitted by applications on the Android OS, as well as what they request from users.
The vast majority of applications transmit user data both through encrypted and unencrypted Android Ad ID channels. This means that in the Google advertising system, the device is easy to associate with a specific person.
Unencrypted channels also increase the likelihood of third parties gaining access to personal information of users, including location.
Among the “record holders” of data transfer to third-party services, the publication names the “Read for free” applications from Litres, Yandex, Rutube and Channel One. The latter also turned out to be the leader in the number of unencrypted streams.
97 out of 100 applications use advertising trackers to help search engines and social networks recognize a specific account and show it personalized advertising.
Exodus specialists found the largest number of trackers in the popular Coub looped video service.
Often, users themselves provide applications with access to the processing of their personal data.
Most of the permissions among the most popular Google Play Store applications are requested by VK from Mail.ru Group. Among 60 different resolutions, it gets access to the location, camera and microphone, call and message history and user device data.
According to Symantec, 46% of all Android applications request access to the smartphone’s camera, and 25% request audio recording without notifying the user.
Recall that Russia led the rating of countries with the largest number of malicious banking Android applications.
Media: almost 90% of Russian top-end Android applications transmit personal data to third parties