Think about how much I could learn about you just from your mobile phone? If it wasn’t password protected, I could see where you spend most of your time. I could figure out where you work. I could access the contact information of your closest friends.
I might even be able to figure you’re your political ideology and affiliations, your buying habits, what you read, and how often you exercise.
It’s no wonder most people guard their phones with passwords and even fingerprint protection. But the real privacy danger isn’t an individual swiping your phone and sorting through its contents.
The real danger is what the apps on your phone are doing.
Seventy percent of the apps on your smart phone are sharing your personal data with third parties. Most of these apps ask if it’s okay to collect and use your personal data. And often that collection even makes sense. A map app won’t work well if you aren’t willing to give it access to your phone’s GPS coordinates.
But the app doesn’t just use your data. It stores it in a code library. This is a third-party service. And it does make the apps on your phone work better and faster. But here’s the scary part…
The code library may be sent one bit of information from one app and another from another app and yet another from a third app. But the library can correlate that data and figure out that it’s all tied to the same person.
It then sells your “profile” to other companies, like Google. And it’s possible the government has access, too.
If you want to know more about how your phone spies on your for marketers, bureaucrats, and researchers… and what you can do to take more control of your personal private information… you’ll want to check out this article. It’s scary stuff, but there are solutions!