Did you know 4 in 10 of the top apps in the US ask for background location access to track your every single move, while same is the case for half of the apps in China

Did you know 4 in 10 of the top apps in the US ask for background location access to track your every single move, while same is the case for half of the apps in China

Do you remember how many times you have clicked "I agree" on never-ending terms and conditions of apps and how many times you have given access to your location when downloading or using an app? So when you install an app on your device from app stores, you see many pop-up listing all the permissions it requires including location access. This includes the permission on your phone to fulfill their functionality, for instance, if you install a photo editor app, that asks for access to photos so that it will be able to edit your photos which are saved in your phone that makes a sense, but there are several permissions which are unnecessary including location access. According to a report from Apptopia (shared by Forbes), there are around 40% of apps in the US that are for asks for background location access, and this percentage even jumps up to 51% in China.

There are mostly three permissions that the top iPhone apps asked the most that are photos, camera access, and location data. 1 in 4 of the top apps mostly ask for contact details and Bluetooth permission which can also be used by those apps to track your location. There are only a few apps (hardly 1 percent) that ask for HomeKit integration so that they can ask Siri to switch on the lights.

Apple in iOS 14 talked about the transparency in apps about what these apps do with the data they get from different access including location access. It means that the analytic company can combine permission requests from all App Store to get a bird-eye view on the privacy policy. John Koetsier recently asked Apptopia for the permissions that the top 1500 apps ask from the user. The top permission by these apps asked was photo access. More than 2/3 of apps ask for camera access because of photographic capability. But, around 66% of the apps in the US ask for foreground location access that is comparatively safer because it will ask for the current location when you are using this app, while in the background location access the app can track your location even when you are not using the app and there are almost 40% apps which ask for background location access.

You can check the details about the privacy label of an app in the App Store, for instance, if you check the privacy label of the Instagram app, it asks for precise and coarse location, to find out which access you have given, you can go to the setting, find the app and then click on the permission you want more details from.

But, in China, these percentages are even high, as 91% of apps ask for photo access as compared to the 77% apps of the US, 85% of apps in China ask for camera access compared to 68% of apps in American region ask the same permission. 76% of apps in China ask for location access, while in the US, this percentage is 66%. Apple’s new transparency policy will care about the privacy of the users in the iOS 14.5 update, as 73% of people want more privacy of their data and they are even ready to pay for it. It is hoped that man users will know exactly what these apps are doing with your data in the new privacy policy of Apple.



 


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