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 January 31, 2014  Business, Online, Surveillance

Clever.

Zach Miners reports:

A team of researchers has developed an Android app to help people better understand when their location is being accessed, something that happens more often than people think.

“All apps that access location need to request permission from the Android platform,” Janne Lindqvist [cq], who led the research project, said via email. “The problem is that people don’t pay attention to these default disclosures.”

Android phones display a flashing GPS icon when apps are trying to access the user’s location. But few people notice or understand what the icon is telling them, the researchers found.

The app they developed is designed to fix that, by making it clearer to users when other apps are accessing their location data.

Read more on Computerworld.

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