Back in October, Tom’s Guide reportedthat it’s possible for cheap mobile advertisements to spy on you through your phone. Sales of location-targeted advertising reached an estimated $21 billion this year.
This morning, a report from the
New York Times warns that smartphone apps do that also for profit: More than 1,000 popular apps contain location-sharing code.
PRIVACY TIP: You can deny apps access your location by going into your Settings and revoking permissions.
Your Apps Know Where You Were Last Night, and They’re Not Keeping It Secret
Dozens of companies use smartphone locations to help advertisers and even hedge funds. They say it’s anonymous, but the data shows how personal it is.