Privacy has become a very important
part of our lives, especially when it comes to smart phones, the
internet and social media. Unbeknown to many users, our
activities are being monitored and recorded by various companies
in order to collect user data and sometimes more nefarious
information such as personal information.
This is where the app Clueful from BitDefender comes to play which basically informs
users which apps on their iPhone are accessing your data and how
they treat your privacy.
When I installed Clueful on my
iPhone, I was quite shocked at how many apps on my phone had
access to my personal data and were also tracking me. For
example, one such app was able to access the following data from
Uses your iPhone's Unique ID
(This could track your location and behaviour across more than one app
Tracks usage (Mobclix analytics), ads (Displays ads and
gathers usage data that could include location and unique iPhone
Can read your Address Book (Read your contact list)
Can display ads (Displays various advertisements)
Could track your location (Monitors where you are but this
feature can be turned off from your Settings on your iPhone)
Connects to facebook (Share content on Facebook)
It is actually quite concerning how
much access these apps have on your iPhone that definitely
highlights the security issues of not just the iPhone but also
the collection of third party information.
However it should be
noted that this app is not perfect as some of my apps were
incorrectly listed by the program. For example one app called "Skee Free" was
listed which I have never installed on my iPhone. It seems that
Clueful is getting a little confused with similar apps. Hopefully
this will be addressed in future updates.
Nonetheless, it's a fascinating app that will highlight how your
personal data may be used by developers on the iPhone 4 and how
you can prevent it.