Want to stop apps from sharing your data? There’s an app for that, too
The Christian Science Monitor - 11/16/2015
David Choffnes keeps watch over his online privacy more than most – so much so that he designed a program to block apps on his iPhone from hoovering up his personal data.
For instance, said the assistant professor of Computer Science at Northeastern University, companies that request location data can track his whereabouts whenever that app is open, even if they don’t need the data.
The trouble is, he says, it’s extremely difficult for most smartphone users to know exactly what kind of information apps are collecting, when they are collecting it, and whether third-party advertisers are receiving that personal data, too.