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Many smartphones give all kinds of permissions to user apps without thinking. They probably don’t know what data the app can extract from them. A new research has revealed what kind of personal information apps can extract when location tracking is turned on. Two researchers from the University of Bologna and London told how dangerous it can be to allow an app to track location.
Researchers use the help of a special app
For this, the researchers created an app named ‘TrackingAdvisor’, which continuously collects the user’s location data. Researchers told that the app can extract personal information through location data. Not only this, the app can also take feedback from the user to confirm that the information is correct.
Researchers at the University of Bologna said that users remain unaware of the risk of certain permissions given to apps and services, especially when it comes to location tracking. Through the TrackingAdvisor app used in the study, researchers found out what kind of personal information the app extracted from the user and how sensitive they were. There is also an important role of machine learning technology, which collects sensitive information such as the exact location of the user, their habits, interests and information about his personality.
69 users included in the study
The 69 users included in the study used the TrackingAdvisor app for at least two weeks. The app monitored more than 2,00,000 locations, identified about 2,500 locations and gathered around 5,000 personal information related to both demographics and personality. It is worth noting that the data collected contained information about the health, socio-economic status, caste and religion of the users.
The researcher said that we wanted to show users what data can be collected through location tracking. Also told that if you want to protect your data, then they can stop giving apps permission after which no app will be able to steal the data.