90 percent of apps analyzed in a report sent data directly back to
Google, while 42 percent of apps also sent data to Facebook.
of 959,000 apps analyzed from the Google Play store, 88 percent sent
data to Google, according to Business
over 42 percent of apps also sent data to Facebook, while just over 33
percent sent data to Twitter.
that could be shared via third-party apps could include things like age,
gender, and location,” reported Business Insider. “The study said the
median app could transfer data to five tracker companies, which could
then ultimately pass the data along to firms like Google.”
most concerning, apps which targeted child users were “amongst the worst
in terms of the number of third-party trackers associated with them.”
however, disputed the results of the study.
disagree with the methodology and the findings of this study. It
mischaracterizes ordinary functional services like crash reporting and
analytics, and how apps share data to deliver those services,” declared
a Google spokesman to Business Insider. “Across Google, and in Google
Play, we have clear policies and guidelines for how developers and
third-party apps can handle data and we require developers to be
transparent and ask for user permission. If an app violates our
policies, we take action.”
month, Google began logging users
into their Google accounts through the Chrome browser without asking for
permission or notifying the user, creating privacy concerns.
2017, it was also reported that
both South Korea and the United Kingdom were investigating Google for
collecting data on users without permission.