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Your iPhone is Secretly Talking to Things and Reporting Your Activities and Information to Data Trackers

Yup. You’ve read it correctly. Your iPhone is secretly talking to things. And it’s something way scarier than the paranormal. Through his sleuthing, Geoffrey A. Fowler of the Washington Post found out that in just a week, his iPhone has reported and given data to about 5,400 hidden app trackers. If that doesn’t scare you, I don’t know what would.

On a recent Monday night, a dozen marketing companies, research firms and other personal data guzzlers got reports from my iPhone. At 11:43 p.m., a company called Amplitude learned my phone number, email and exact location. At 3:58 a.m., another called Appboy got a digital fingerprint of my phone. At 6:25 a.m., a tracker called Demdex received a way to identify my phone and sent back a list of other trackers to pair up with.
And all night long, there was some startling behavior by a household name: Yelp. It was receiving a message that included my IP address -— once every five minutes.
Our data has a secret life in many of the devices we use every day, from talking Alexa speakers to smart TVs. But we’ve got a giant blind spot when it comes to the data companies probing our phones.
You might assume you can count on Apple to sweat all the privacy details. After all, it touted in a recent ad, “What happens on your iPhone stays on your iPhone.” My investigation suggests otherwise.
IPhone apps I discovered tracking me by passing information to third parties — just while I was asleep — include Microsoft OneDrive, Intuit’s Mint, Nike, Spotify, The Washington Post and IBM’s the Weather Channel. One app, the crime-alert service Citizen, shared personally identifiable information in violation of its published privacy policy.

This isn’t just an issue on iPhones, but on Android smartphones as well.

(Image Credit: Pixabay)


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Before gdpr compliance companies did this without our knowledge and we could complain about it.. Now, we pressed blindly the 'I agree' button, there's nothing we can do.Customer protection gone mad.
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