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Smartphones with Smarter AppsLocation Tracking & Privacy Policies
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In America, half of the population already owns a smartphone…
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...Where time spent on the internet just passed access via desktop
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But do we realize how much of our personal data is being accessed while we use our smartphones?
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Through their vague and often misleading privacy policies, smartphone applications are permitted to collect what they refer to as
Non-Personally Identifiable Information
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This kind of information includes things like your birthday, gender, and ZIP code...
...which is unique for about 87% of U.S. residents
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Scientists at Carnegie Mellon University concluded that many popular Android apps collected device location - GPS coordinates accurate within 50 metres - an average 6,200 times, or roughly every three minutes 
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“Does Groupon really need to know where you are every 20 minutes?”
- Norman M. Sadah, Carnegie Mellon professor
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Personal data and location data is often also used to direct more
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When an app requests location, 73% of the time it shares the information with an advertising network
- Research findings of Norman B. Sadeh, professor at Carnegie Mellon
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More than half [of smartphone users] have uninstalled an app or declined to
download one because of worries about sharing personal information
- According to a survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project
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Another concern among smartphone users is the security of their personal information in some of
Apple’s new health apps
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Many of the roughly 40,000 health apps and wearable devices on the market today make money by selling user data to marketers and other companiesPhoto Source: Wikimedia, “Personal Health Apps for Smartphones” by Intel Free Press
Even apps like the Flashlight app are designed to do location tracking, read your calendars, use your camera, gain access to
unique numbers that identify your phone, and then share data with a number of ad networks
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Facebook collects a shocking amount of data from its users, and continues to release new features and updated privacy policies
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In 2014, Facebook launched a new feature called “Nearby Friends”..
..That would allow users to see which of their friends were in close proximity
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“When Location History is on, Facebook builds a history of your precise location, even when you’re not using the app.” - Description of the feature in the Location History setting
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“Newsflash, social media gurus: Unless we’re actively checking in on Foursquare, we don’t want all our Facebook friends to know where we are at all times.” - Lark Turner, of Bustle.com
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Online applications and websites collect an overwhelming amount of personal data every
day, and users need to be far more aware of the dangers this may pose to them.
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 Dwoskin, Elizabeth, and Melinda Beck. "As Apple Moves into Health Apps, What Happens to Privacy?" The Wall Street Journal (2014). Web. 11 June 2015.
 Dwoskin, Elizabeth. "Where Were You 3 Minutes Ago? Your Apps Know." The Wall Street Journal (2015). Web. 5 June 2015.
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 McMillan, Robert Joseph. "The Hidden Privacy Threat of … Flashlight Apps?" WIRED (2014). Web. 10 June 2015.
Works Cited - cont. "The Need for Privacy Policies in Mobile Apps – an Overview." Iubenda. Web. 10 June 2015. .
 Turner, Lark. "Facebook's Creepy New 'Nearby Friends' Feature Is Exactly What It Sounds Like." Bustle (2014). Web. 10 June 2015. .