More than 4 in 10 Android apps can access a user's location

11/7/2012 | Mobile Marketing Magazine

A user's GPS location can be accessed by 42% of the applications downloaded from the Google Play store, according to a report by digital security firm Bit9. Many apps use GPS for functionality, but it can also be a privacy concern, along with the other information that apps access. "More than a quarter of the apps can access email and contacts, unbeknown to the phone user, which is of great concern when these devices are used in the workplace," Bit9's Harry Sverdlove said.

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