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Study: Free Apps Present More Privacy Risks


November 1, 2012

A new study reveals that free mobile apps are more likely to cause privacy and data security risks to users than paid apps, the San Jose Business Journal reports. According to a Jupiter Networks survey of 1.7 million Android apps, free mobile apps are 401 percent more likely to track location and 314 percent more likely to access users’ address books than paid apps. A Juniper representative said, “Companies, consumers and government employees who install these apps often do not understand with who and how they are sharing personal information,” adding, “Even though a list of permissions is presented when installing an app, most people don’t understand what they are agreeing to or have the proper information needed to make educated decisions about which apps to trust.”
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