Android apps are snooping on your installed software

Android apps are snooping on other software on your device – and that could tell shady advertising companies more about you than you’d like.

The news emerged this week in a paper from researchers in Italy, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. The privacy violations centre around installed application methods (IAMs), which are application programming interfaces (APIs) that allow applications to interact with other software on your phone without telling you. It lets them do a variety of things including finding the names of those other installed apps.

 

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Posted on March 28, 2020


by Jos


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