Now it appears that the problem also exists on Android, where it’s probably even worse as the app doesn’t even need to ask for any kind of permission. The only thing the app requires is being able to communicate with the internet, which basically all apps does in one way or another – and certainly most users will not hesitate to say “yes” to allow that.
New York Times made a test application which would take the latest photo on your mobile and upload it to a public photo-sharing website. The user was only informed that the app required access to the internet – and that’s it, and it worked.
The biggest problem is that it’s easier to install “bad apps” on Android compared to iPhone, where Apple runs a tight ship with their App Store, having to approve every single app first, before it makes it onto the store. Google doesn’t check apps on Android Market (except if they suspect something is wrong, they may look into it and remove an app), and they don’t check any apps that’s installed from outside their Market.
Basically, be careful what you install on your smartphone – and extra careful if you’re an Android user, and extra extra careful if you install apps from outside Android Market.
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