Apple promises privacy, but 5400 iPhone apps share your data with #trackers, ad companies and research firms #nowhere2hide via @WP #WashingtonPost #privacy #adBlockers

We ran a privacy experiment to see how many hidden trackers are running from the apps on our iPhone. The tally is astounding. Apple says, “What happens on your iPhone stays on your iPhone.” Our privacy experiment showed 5,400 hidden app trackers guzzled our data — in a single week.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.washingtonpost.com

WHY IT MATTERS: I wrote about this many years back and it is worth an update given this very interesting article from WP. The growth of mobile tracking, yes even on iPhone, should be cause for concern. They also link to a solution, disconnect.me which I also covered in the past when it was launched as the collusion chrome plugin (in 2013!!!!). Moreover the very good github list of trackers is quite mindblowing. Yes it has been 6 years and the state of privacy has worsened in serious ways. Follow the links in the article for details but here are the 2 I consider most useful:

https://disconnect.me/

https://github.com/disconnectme/disconnect-tracking-protection

Farid Mheir
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