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Pre-Installed Android Apps are a Privacy Mess, Study Shows

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An academic study that analyzed 82,501 apps that were pre-installed on 1,742 Android smartphones sold by 214 vendors concluded that users are woefully unaware of the huge security and privacy-related threats that come from pre-installed applications.

Researchers found that many of these pre-installed apps have access to very intrusive permissions out of the box, collect and send data about users to advertisers, and have security flaws that often remain unpatched.

Many pre-installed apps can’t be removed, and use third-party libraries that secretly collect user data from within benign-looking and innocently-named applications.

Curated from ZDNet

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