Developers Are Already Caught Lying To Users With Apple's App Privacy Labels
When Apple introduced privacy labels, it seemed to be a solid way to provide transparency for users to know what data is collected on their devices. This system relies on honesty from the app developers, but some developers crossed their fingers behind their back when they agreed to the privacy labels it seems. New research has shown that some apps had outright false or misleading labels that they present to users.
Recently, Washington Post tech columnist Geoffrey Fowler downloaded an app called “Satisfying Slime Generator,” which, as of writing, has a privacy label that states “developer does not collect any data from this app.” It seems that is not the case, though, as information is “covertly” sent to Facebook, Google, and other companies, as Fowler explains. Following this discovery, he spot-checked several dozen other apps and found that approximately a dozen or more were “misleading or flat-out inaccurate.” This included apps from social media app Rumble to the PBS Kids Video App and others in-between.
- Device Information
- Unique Application Numbers
- Anonymous Identifiers
- IP address
- IDFAs/Advertising IDs
- Geo-location data
- User Activities (Movements or Actions in-app)