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Study: Like Your Privacy? Don't Lose Your Phone

DATA PROTECTION

March 16, 2012

A recent study in which a researcher dropped 50 phones in five major cities found that smartphone users should expect that their privacy will not be protected if they should ever lose their device, The Globe and Mail reports. Researcher Scott Wright and security software company Symantec's study found that after Wright dropped the phones in Los Angeles, New York, Ottawa, San Francisco and Washington, DC, 96 percent of the phones were accessed and their contents--including pictures, e-mail and online banking statements--attempted to be thumbed through, though the phones were rigged to deny access. The photo app was most frequently tried for access.
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