I have to say that I wasn’t surprised that the apps were ‘spying’ on users. I think the biggest surprise was that one party hadn’t been able to monitor the ‘other side’ and vice versa.
Perhaps the bigger question is why isn’t there some sort of requirement for apps to divulge just what info they do collect? You hear rumors all the time about apps being pulled from the app store after it is found out that they are just phising in disguise. It’s usually handled quietly and discreetly and unless you happen to have the app, you never know it’s been done. But you will occasionally see people asking ‘where did this go…..’ to find out that it’s been pulled from the app store.
So, in the case of Apple who supposedly vets the apps….what exactly are they doing? Or are they really doing anything? Are they really vetting apps or are they just rubberstamping them? Has there been too much of an emphasis on numbers (bragging that we have XXXXXXXXXXX number of apps) vs determining if they are harmful or malicious?
Android is different because, as far as I know anyway, there is no central app store and it really has no real structure or control, but still….why is there no requirement for app writers to be honest about what info they’re gathering so while they can do what they want, people can at least know what they’re getting into.
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