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Thousands of potential apps still exist in the Google Play store. Despite Google's (late)...
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2019-05-13 10:26:32
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Security still at risk on the Google Play Store

Fraudulent apps steal our data

Thousands of potential apps still exist in the Google Play store. Despite Google's (late) efforts to make its store as safe as possible, it seems that there is still a long way to go. Indeed, in-depth studies have revealed that different apps steal user data without their consent and then sell them to third parties, including the Chinese government.

Among the incriminated applications we find Total Cleaner, Smart Cooler, Selfie Camera, WaWaYaYa, AIO Flashlight and Samsung TV Remote Control . The required permissions range from the recording of sounds to the reading of navigation data, up to the control of the camera.

Not only that, but there is also talk of automatic (and fraudulent) clicks to advertisements in the background, resulting in data theft and significant battery consumption. A very high number of users is at risk, given the 50 million downloads of a single app such as Selfie Camera.

To date, Google has acted only after the fact and never before. Realizing after years of fraud on your store is not really a good sign of reliability. It is therefore necessary to provide autonomously truncate apps in the bud that require off-site permissions, such as the location in the case of a torch or the use of the microphone in a TV controller.

To our privacy, given the negligence of Silicon Valley, we must necessarily think about it.

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