“Your location has been shared 5398 times” – Do we need a privacy assistant on our smartphones?

April 2, 2015

Do you know how much information your smartphone is giving away to app makers and advertisers?

Lots of people have “no idea,” according to a computer scientist at Carnegie Mellon University, who recently studied how people responded to discovering how much of their data was being shared.

But the truth is it’s very hard to know exactly what data is being accessed, how often, and when – and that makes it far less likely that users will take steps to preserve their privacy.

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