What Your Smartphone App Doesn't Say: It's Watching

Mobile-phone security firm Lookout found that nearly a quarter of tested iPhone apps and almost half the Android apps contained software code that allows the applications to collect more data on users than even the developers may realize. Part of the problem is that smartphones don't alert users to all the different types of data apps are collecting.

Your smart phone applications are watching you -- much more closely than you might like.

Lookout Inc., a mobile Relevant Products/Services-phone security Relevant Products/Services firm, scanned nearly 300,000 free applications for Apple Inc.'s iPhone and phones built around Google Inc.'s Android software. It found that many of them secretly pull sensitive data Relevant Products/Services off users' phones and ship them off to third parties without notification.

That's a major concern that has been bubbling up in privacy and security circles.

The data can include full details about users' contacts, their pictures, text messages and Internet and search histories. The third parties can include advertisers and companies that analyze data on users.

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