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Android applications can secretly track location using Wi-Fi data

28
May
2015
Android applications can secretly track location using Wi-Fi data

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Many collect information on Wi-Fi access points, which researchers contend can be used to figure out where a person is more than 90 percent of the time.

The privacy implications of Wi-Fi access point scanning is often overlooked but presents a if the information is abused, according to the study, written by the Technical University of Denmark, MIT and the University of Copenhagen. Wi-Fi information isn’t considered location data, and Android applications such as Candy Crush Saga, Pandora and Angry Birds routinely collect it.

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