Apr 062011
 
 April 6, 2011  Posted by  Business, Surveillance

Dan Goodin reports:

A free smartphone app provided by internet radio service Pandora supplies advertisers with enough user information for them to compile detailed snapshots of those who use it, researchers who analyzed the software have said.

Tuesday’s report, titled Mobile Apps Invading Your Privacy and issued by software analysis firm Veracode, found that Pandora’s app tracked users’ age, sex, zip code and precise geographic location, which in many cases was updated in a continuous loop. The app then sent the information to servers operated by advertising services including comScore. Other information that was shared included the phone’s device ID and the user’s birth date.

Read more in The Register.

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