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If iPhone spy Apps, secretly

last week, has revealed the US-tech magazine "Techcrunch", such as Facebook and Google, a market research apps in Apple's controls over smuggling on iPhones . The receipt was immediately followed by: Apple withdrew two certificate, a developer and put as all in-house Apps lahm (Apple's demonstration of power places Facebook is lame).

This week, Techcrunch has uncovered "" a different case. The magazine reports, such as App operators using built-in Software, every smudge and every click of your users. And even passwords and credit card numbers could be intercepted filmed.

dire consequences

usually such messages from the Android environment for excitement. Regularly Google throws up the offending Apps from the Play Store. Only this Monday, there were appropriate messages.

The case, the "Techcrunch" in the iPhone Apps, Air Canada, Expedia,, Singapore Airlines, Abercrombie & Fitch, and others, has discovered, is less dramatic, but can similarly have devastating consequences.

Common to all of these Apps that you use an Analytics service called Glassbox. The company is specialized to collect user data. So you see, as an App publisher, what the user do and what does not work.

The company advertises its service as:

on one hand This is practical for an App developer, and sales strategist. On the other hand, of course, a security risk, if it is not applied correctly or safely.

So that no sensitive data such as credit cards, passport numbers or passwords to be filmed, there is the possibility of individual fields of the Monitoring to exclude. But that would not always work reliably. So the credit card number is, for example, in the case of Air Canada with been recorded.

Filmed App

Some companies would have the data equal to itself. Others that it should be stored in a Glassbox. Particularly problematic: In none of the cases mentioned, the De-facto, whether of the actions in the App to record what is shown to the User the pre-clear has been made. Even in the small print of the privacy policy, it had been not mentioned.

Since last October, all Apps are required by Apple's Appstore, privacy policy. That Apple engages in this case, similar to hard as Facebook's and Google's cheating last week, is not to be expected.

Still, Apple would be well advised to look at the App data collectors in the future a little better on the Finger and to require more transparency about their activities. Especially since the company has staged in the last few months and years with advertising slogans such as "What happens on your iPhone stays on your iPhone" as a protector of privacy.

For us as a user of the article of "Techcrunch is" once more, a good warning to only use and install Apps you trust and you also need really, and even there only the data to be filled in, which are really necessary. So not really sure who mitschaut everything, you can be never. (Editorial Tamedia)

Created: 07.02.2019, 13:08 PM

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