How safe is that app?

The Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN) Privacy Sweep found that for NZ nearly 1 in 3 apps asked for more infomation than they needed for functionality.

The Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN) Privacy Sweep, ran from 12-18 May this year and examined more than 1,200 mobile apps in total. Twenty-six (26) privacy authorities participated in the sweep, including the Privacy Commissioner’s Office in New Zealand.
Read the Office of the Privacy Commissioner’s article on Global privacy sweep raises mobile app concerns for information about the survey and the major findings.
Key findings include:
  • “75 percent of all apps examined requested one or more permissions”
  • “59 percent of apps left sweepers scrambling to find pre-installation privacy explanations”
  • “43 percent of apps did not tailor the privacy statements to the small screen”
  • “Only 15 percent of the apps examined provided a clear explanation of how they would collect, use and disclose personal information”

Something to be aware of next time you download that app,

 

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