Some iPhone apps record your actions without permission, report says


However, it looks like some companies have taken their data collection practices even further, by recording your screen when you use their iPhone apps.

The move comes after TechCrunch reported that mobile apps for companies like Expedia and used an analytics tool to record user activity without asking their permission. The objective is apparently to inform an app developer about specific highlights, interface design decisions, and different parts of the application that may trip users up or cause issues.

This means that every tap, button push and keyboard entry is recorded, screenshotted and sent back to the app developers.

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As per the research and study, we will come to know that various numbers of iOS apps are privately negotiating users data and information about specifically what users are doing using Glassbox's "session replay" technology. iOS apps such as, Expedia, and Abercrombie & Fitch privately negotiated users' data. The problem for those concerned about privacy is that the feature records all screen activity and sends it back to developers and never asks for permission to do so.

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When it comes to App Store and Apple's policies, the privacy policies of these apps don't mention recording the user's screen. Soon after the investigation, said these developers are "in violation of these strict privacy terms and guidelines".

Apple gave the developer in question less than one day to remove the code and resubmit their app or the app would be removed from the app store, the email said.

One analytics firm used, Glassbox, says it provides the technology to reduce app error rates, among other reasons.

Each of the apps have an individual privacy policy, but none of them go out of their way to make the user aware that Glassbox is being utilized, and, therefore, their information is being accessed on a regular basis.

Glassbox said in a statement to MacRumors that it doesn't "spy" on end users. Our goals are to improve online customer experiences and to protect consumers from a compliance perspective, ' Glassbox told Engadget. Due to this, the sensitive financial information stood exposed.

A spokesperson for Glassbox told Fox News that the data they collect is not shared with third parties, nor enriched through external sources.

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Editors' Note: Updated at 7:22 p.m. ET with Apple's warning to app makers.