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Political Apps May Compromise Privacy

MOBILE PRIVACY—U.S.

August 27, 2012

CNN reports on mobile apps currently being deployed by both U.S. presidential campaigns to help voters keep tabs on their candidates. One campaign prompts users to log in via Facebook, giving it the ability to mine the data of users’ friends. The other campaign provides information to help volunteers canvass by assigning blue flags on the residences of registered party members. Privacy advocate Justin Brookman said, “Contact lists, friends, telephone numbers…anything you do with your phone is designed to be exposed to the applications that you download, so whatever on there they think might be valuable, as far as data mining…they have the ability to get.”
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