Some Mobile Apps Collect Excessive Consumer Data: Appthority Study

We’ve definitely entered the piling on stage of complaints about Facebook. For example, Appthority headlined its press release about data access permissions in iOS apps with “In Wake of Facebook Debacle” even though Facebook had nothing to do with the products it analyzed. Indeed, their finding that some apps collect large amounts of personal data seems both unsurprising and alarmist. They report that 24,000 apps openly ask permissions for “excessive” data collection and then casually mention this among more than two million apps examined – that is, just 1% of the total. That sounds like good news to me.