04 October 2010

iPhone user privacy at risk from apps that transmit personal info

(Ars Technica)
The user data collected by some iOS apps can be correlated to real-world identities, posing a privacy risk to iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad users. According to research from Bucknell University, a majority of iOS apps transmit user data back to their own servers. But because some store more info than others — and in some cases, in plaintext - it can be easily pieced together to reveal more about individual users than they bargained for.