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Creepy monitoring on the iPhone

How would you feel with someone constantly looked on, what you are doing on your cell phone?

If you, like most, believe that it would be obnoxious and abusive, so you might as well get used to that it is already happening.

For the use you apps from for example, Air Canada, Hotels.com, Expedia and Abercrombie & Fitch, so as to become each a click and all the entries literally recorded second-by-second.


How to advertise to market research firm Glassbox proud that they can help companies to monitor their users down to the smallest detail.


the Case is this week roll of Techcrunch, who has kulegravet the many apps.

By putting a digital 'spy' between the app and the companies can techsiden demonstrate why there are posted hundreds of screenshots to either their servers or the market research firm Glassbox from the mobile phones, as Techcrunch has tested on.

Just Glassbox live to offer the big firms the eerie surveillance of user activities. And it happens without that you can see or prevent it happening.


this is How the monitoring in practice. Video: YouTube


however, the Problem is not only that there is a monitoring, but also the data that is downloaded on your phone.

Techcrunch can demonstrate that the firms in several cases have access to credit card numbers, passwords and other private data. And it is critical, even though the meaning of the monitoring officially just is to 'make the apps better.

For once a screen dump from your phone is on a foreign server, you run the risk that employees of the company or the hackers may misuse your data.

None of the big companies are monitoring their users, want to explain, why they are not telling the users that downloaded screen shots from their phones.

But among other things, Air Canada and Glassbox stresses that they alone can monitor what you are doing in the individual apps. Everything else on your phone has not access to, the insurer.

Air Canada has also monitored the company's users. But it puts Apple now to an end. Photo: Ben Nelms/Ritzau Scanpix

Apple: It stops now

One can of course wonder, that there must be a medium and a story to, before Apple even notice that their users are being monitored.

But this is precisely what has happened, after the story appeared in Techcrunch. And now responds to Apple over the apps that make screenshots of user activities and monitors them without saying anything.

'It is essential to protect the users in the Apple ecosystem,' writes an unnamed spokesman from Apple on the matter.

'the Rules in our appstore requires users to have clear law to and clearly can see, if that will be recorded, logged, or in other ways is done the monitoring of users' activities.'

'We have contacted the developers who violate these strict rules for privacy. And we will immediately act against them, if it becomes necessary,' promises the comforter.

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