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Shocking report reveals hundreds of top apps track your every move and share the data with advertisers
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6480261/Shocking-report-reveals-apps-track-share-data-advertisers.html





'Hundreds of popular apps are collecting location data that they claim is anonymous, but further analysis shows it can be easily linked to specific users.

These apps include ones like the Weather Channel, GasBuddy and WeatherBug, many of which inform users that they collect location data, but not necessarily how the data will be used, an investigation from the New York Times found.

The findings have raised both privacy and security concerns as advocates say many users are unaware how much they're being tracked.

The Times gained access to a database from a company that included information from more than a million phones in the New York area.

It included location data that was as precise as within a few yards and was found to update with new information thousands of times each day.

Data was found to have been collected from mobile devices owned by a broad swath of users.

In one case, a particular data set included a device likely owned by a child, tracking their location as they traveled to and from the playground to school and back home.

Approximately 75 companies receive precise location data from apps whose users enable location services and several of those businesses say they track up to 200 million devices in the U.S.

This amounts to about half of all smartphones in use in the last year, according to the Times.'

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