"Free apps make money by selling your personal data."

Everyone, not just Facebook, making money from your personal data, often behind your back

#Telephone

Wed, Dec 12th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

While Google's CEO claims that its users know how much they are being tracked, The New York Times explains the scale of location tracking behind Android and Apple phones (Apple may claim to be privacy-centric but they make a pretty penny selling your information to third parties). And with Facebook now wanting to predict your movements Vice has one suggestion: delete all your apps.

Many location companies say that when phone users enable location services, their data is fair game. But, The Times found, the explanations people see when prompted to give permission are often incomplete or misleading. An app may tell users that granting access to their location will help them get traffic information, but not mention that the data will be shared and sold. That disclosure is often buried in a vague privacy policy.

“Location information can reveal some of the most intimate details of a person’s life — whether you’ve visited a psychiatrist, whether you went to an A.A. meeting, who you might date,” said Senator Ron Wyden, Democrat of Oregon, who has proposed bills to limit the collection and sale of such data, which are largely unregulated in the United States.

“It’s not right to have consumers kept in the dark about how their data is sold and shared and then leave them unable to do anything about it,” he added.

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