Thousands of Android apps can track your phone — even if you deny permissions

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It's no surprise, really, and don't be looking for any fixes any time soon.

Thousands of Android apps can track your phone — even if you deny permissions
When you explicitly tell an Android app, “No, you don’t have permission to track my phone,” you probably expect that it won’t have abilities that let it do that. But researchers say that thousands of apps have found ways to cheat Android’s permissions system, phoning home your device’s unique identifier and enough data to potentially reveal your location as well.​
Even if you say “no” to one app when it asks for permission to see those personally identifying bits of data, it might not be enough: a second app with permissions you haveapproved can share those bits with the other one or leave them in shared storage where another app — potentially even a malicious one — can read it. The two apps might not seem related, but researchers say that because they’re built using the same software development kits (SDK), they can access that data, and there’s evidence that the SDK owners are receiving it. It’s like a kid asking for dessert who gets told “no” by one parent, so they ask the other parent.​
According to a study presented at PrivacyCon 2019, we’re talking about apps from the likes of Samsung and Disney that have been downloaded hundreds of millions of times. They use SDKs built by Chinese search giant Baidu and an analytics firm called Salmonads that could pass your data from one app to another (and to their servers) by storing it locally on your phone first. Researchers saw that some apps using the Baidu SDK may be attempting to quietly obtain this data for their own use.​

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Nov 2012
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It's no surprise, really, and don't be looking for any fixes any time soon.

Thousands of Android apps can track your phone — even if you deny permissions
When you explicitly tell an Android app, “No, you don’t have permission to track my phone,” you probably expect that it won’t have abilities that let it do that. But researchers say that thousands of apps have found ways to cheat Android’s permissions system, phoning home your device’s unique identifier and enough data to potentially reveal your location as well.​
Even if you say “no” to one app when it asks for permission to see those personally identifying bits of data, it might not be enough: a second app with permissions you haveapproved can share those bits with the other one or leave them in shared storage where another app — potentially even a malicious one — can read it. The two apps might not seem related, but researchers say that because they’re built using the same software development kits (SDK), they can access that data, and there’s evidence that the SDK owners are receiving it. It’s like a kid asking for dessert who gets told “no” by one parent, so they ask the other parent.​
According to a study presented at PrivacyCon 2019, we’re talking about apps from the likes of Samsung and Disney that have been downloaded hundreds of millions of times. They use SDKs built by Chinese search giant Baidu and an analytics firm called Salmonads that could pass your data from one app to another (and to their servers) by storing it locally on your phone first. Researchers saw that some apps using the Baidu SDK may be attempting to quietly obtain this data for their own use.​

More: Thousands of Android apps can track your phone — even if you deny permissions

DUH...Even Google tracks your phone.. even when you deny. This is old news

Google Tracks Your Android Phone's Location No Matter What You Do
 
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https://gizmodo.com/automatic-wifi-login-helped-police-id-teens-who-vandali-1836249333

Here's a story about how police caught a group of students who spray painted swastikas and racist messages across campus. How did police catch them? The students had their cell phones on them, which automatically connected to the school's wifi using their student log in information.

If you don't want to be tracked, keep the phones at home
They won't leave their phones at home, they use them to coordinate their attacks and vandalism
 
Nov 2012
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Well, duh, please pardon the living hell out of me for bothering your highness with old news. A thousand apologies.

So you were caught by Surprise by this report????? Sorry... I offended you... Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram have been collectioning data including Location is pretty much common knowledge... I was Just surprised, your post sounded like you just learned this, You are usually pretty darn informed, so I was taken aback.
 
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