What your iPhone may be telling mysterious companies about you–without your permission

Apple has used the phrase “what happens on your iPhone stays on your iPhone” many times before, but it turns out that may not be entirely true.

That’s according to an article in the Washington Post. It says the problem isn’t isolated to iPhones, either – Androids are just as bad at keeping your information limited to your device only.

The Post tracked how dozens of marketing companies may be using your personal information that it gets from apps to send out to other companies.

They can reportedly obtain your exact location, phone number, IP address, and more.

According to the Post, Yelp is a main player when it comes to sucking up data.

Here’s an excerpt from a Washington Post article detailing the problem:

On a recent Monday night, a dozen marketing companies, research firms and other personal data guzzlers got reports from my iPhone. At 11:43 p.m., a company called Amplitude learned my phone number, email and exact location. At 3:58 a.m., another called Appboy got a digital fingerprint of my phone. At 6:25 a.m., a tracker called Demdex received a way to identify my phone and sent back a list of other trackers to pair up with. And all night long, there was some startling behavior by a household name: Yelp. It was receiving a message that included my IP address -— once every five minutes.

“It’s the middle of the night. Do you know who your iPhone is talking to?” by Geoffrey A. Fowler for the Washington Post

Check out the rest of the story here: Invasion of privacy.

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16 thoughts on “What your iPhone may be telling mysterious companies about you–without your permission”

  1. Thomas Joseph Hussman

    Cell phone information is routinely stolen and used by Big Labor to track their perceived enemies. Add facial recognition technology into the mix and you have another combination of dangerous information weapons in the hands of amateurs. Almost every bar, saloon, restaurant and gasoline station have one or both of these technologies in place. It is as bad or worse than the government’s illegal interception methods. There is no end in sight.

  2. Those who have been studying this technology have known this for at least twenty years. Old news. The technology was never allowed into the public for their sole benefit. It was designed to track people the population. Combined with 5G (a weapons system), you will be visible, trackable in your homes, offices, schools , or anywhere you move.

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