The Wall Street Journal studied 101 popular applications to figure out what types of information iOS and Android apps are sending to third party vendors. The results are quite staggering. You can bet that this type of information is going to play a huge role in 2011.
Some apps are better than others, but the worst offenders send off your username and password, contacts, age, gender, location, iPhoneID and phone number.
Text Plus 4 seems to be the worst offender, sending off all that information to either the developer or third parties.
So what do you think? Is this a major privacy concern moving forward? Could this be the underlying reason why Steve Jobs is refusing to give digital magazine publishers access to user information? Personally I can’t think of one reason why these applications are forwarding off our information to third parties. Do you consider this data theft?
Sound off in the comments.