Giving away your friends

Have any of you ever used any of the following apps?

  • Twitter
  • Yelp
  • Gowalla
  • Hipster
  • Foodspotting
  • Path
  • Foursquare
  • Locale
  • Uber
  • Taxi Magic
  • PicPlz
  • Scrabble
  • Waze

If so, be warned that these apps have made copies of your personal data, your address book, without asking you, and stored YOUR data on THEIR servers!

And, in an even more egregious case, the app “Color” has the ability to turn on the microphone in your phone and record what it hears, without asking you!

This is all according to this article in the NY Times: Mobile Apps Take Data Without Permission.

Read it!

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