Shocker: iOS Apps Leak More Personal Info than Android Apps

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The study shows that both iOS and Android apps share the same place when it comes to violation of the personal data with little difference. The firm tested 10 top selling apps in five of the categories and found out that 60% of iOS apps and 50% Android apps leaked personal data.

The results show that 60% of iOS apps gathered the location data, 54% scanned the contact lists and 14% took information from the calendar whereas 42% of Android apps scanned the location, 20% apps searched the contact lists, and zero went for the calendar. Entertainment apps have been deemed the most risky when it comes to leakage of information specifically location tracking and data sharing with ad networks.

Appthority also gave a report in July 2012 which showed the same result with some difference in figures. iOS apps were gathering more personal data than Android apps at that time too but their percentage was less.

“Similar to last year’s report, iOS apps had more access to user data than Android. In fact, this year’s iOS apps had even more access to data than the iOS apps from last year” notes Appthority in its report [PDF].