These phones don’t keep secrets. They are sharing the personal data widely and regularly. A Wall Street Journal investigation has found through a test of 101 popular smartphone apps games and other software apps for iPhone and Android phones; showed that 53 of the devices transmitted the phones unique ID to other companies without the users’ awareness or consent to other companies. 43 transmitted the devices location in some way and 5 sent age, gender and other personal data to outsiders. We don’t really know where our information from our devices are going to.
In the world of mobile devices there is no anonymity. A cellphone is always with us and is always turned on. We are almost powerless to limit the tracking. Many apps don’t even offer a basic form of consumer protection or written privacy policies. What is sad is that the way of the world is increasing the use of apps for out convenience. For example, Serious satellite radio now encourages you to download its app and use your phone as a radio receiver. Now you don’t have to buy another device to listen to radio, just download the apps and your radio is everywhere you are. Great idea and very convenient but are my habits and interests going somewhere to be collected in some data base? Yes!