More than 1,000 Android apps harvest data even after you deny permissions

Found on CNet News on Monday, 08 July 2019
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If you don't want a flashlight app to be able to read through your call logs, you should be able to deny that access. But even when you say no, many apps find a way around: Researchers discovered more than 1,000 apps that skirted restrictions, allowing them to gather precise geolocation data and phone identifiers behind your back.

Lawmakers are attempting to reel that in with privacy regulation, and app permissions are supposed to control what data you give up. Apple and Google have released new features to improve people's privacy, but apps continue to find hidden ways to get around these protections.

No surprise if users install every single app they can possibly find, only to get some questionable feature, or a totally pointless game. The less brain required, the more installs.