IPhone Apps Reportedly Recording Users' Screen without their 'Consent'

IPhone Apps Reportedly Recording Users' Screen without their 'Consent'

Some of the apps were even collecting and inadvertently exposing sensitive customer information in the process, such as data regarding passports, credit cards, and even passwords.

Earlier this week, TechCrunch reported that selected popular apps such as Expedia, Hollister, and Air Canada record activities on your iPhone without asking for your permission.

"The significant chunk of apps like Abercrombie & Fitch use the third party technologies from Glassbox to record the" session replay" technology.

However, Glassbox doesn't require customers to mention they're using screen recording technology in their privacy policies.

While Apple remained tight-lipped at first, the company has started sending notices to developers to warn them that applications need to ask for permission before recording user activity. App developers are now being told to either remove or disclose their use of codes in their app, which screen records the users' interaction within a particular app, under the App Store guidelines.

An Apple spokesperson told TechCrunch, "We have notified the developers that are in violation of these strict privacy terms and guidelines, and will take immediate action if necessary". According to TechCrunch, one developer was given less than a day to remove the recording code from their app.

The apps didn't say they were recording the screen.

The App Analyst said "This allows Air Canada employees - and anyone else capable of accessing the screenshot database - to see unencrypted credit card and password information".

All the apps using Glassbox's controversial "session replay" technology either send the data back to their own server or push it to Glassbox's could. According to a TechCrunch report, several popular iPhone apps from hotels, travel sites, airlines, carriers, and banks, track everything you do inside the app. If customers see that the app is recording their activities, they might get cautious or exit the app.

Has Apple conducted an assessment to determine whether Google and Facebook have bypassed the App Store approval processing using enterprise certificates for any other non-internal apps?

"Air Canada uses customer provided information to ensure we can support their travel needs and to ensure we can resolve any issues that may affect their trips", said a spokesperson". In addition, Glassbox said the data they capture is "highly secured, encrypted, and exclusively belongs to the customers" the company supports. That means those working on the app can easily see that data. "We take the privacy of our customers' data seriously".

You've probably already heard of some of the super creepy apps that have been downloaded onto people's phones, only for them to discover that they've been accessing the phone's camera or other software to spy on the user.



Related Posts

Florida man dances through DUI sobriety test
Local media reported that deputies said Larson had a blood alcohol content of 0.28, three times the legal limit of 0.08. Deputies in Pasco County found Christopher Larson, 33, asleep at the wheel of his truck with his foot on the brake.

Kevin Durant And The Ugly Side Of A League Obsessed With Transactions
No distraction - or anything that doesn't happen on that floor is going to derail our focus. This time around, the drama was for a good reason that many people won't understand.

World shares mixed after Trump says no plans for Xi meeting
ENERGY: U.S. crude oil lost 21 cents to $52.43 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The benchmark 10-year yield slid four basis points to 2.66 percent, the lowest in almost a week.

Germany prohibits Facebook from combining Instagram and WhatsApp user data
Businesses can already target Facebook and Instagram users together with the same ad campaign, for example. To come to this conclusion the FCO cooperated closely with data protection authorities.

Two Southampton fans set to be banned after mocking Emiliano Sala death
But David Ibbotson, from Crowle, who was lying Sala to the United Kingdom to join Cardiff City, has not been found. It read: "Nantes had the enormous sadness on Thursday to learn that the body found was that of Emiliano Sala ".

House Democrats turn focus to tax returns - and Trump's loom largest
One provision of the law lets the Defence Department provide support for counter-drug activities. It could take years to resolve, possibly stretching beyond the 2020 presidential election.

Aston Martin to go off-road with Lagonda All-Terrain EV Concept
We're just over a month away from the 2019 Geneva motor show, but the new vehicle announcements are coming in thick and fast. Shares of Aston Martin Lagonda Global Holdings PLC (LON:AML) hit a new 52-week low during trading on Friday.

John Dingell: 'The work is certainly not finished. But we've made progress'
In 2014, Dingell told Politico Magazine , "If you look, you'll find that what I did was make these laws tolerant for industry". Dingell dictated the message to his wife and congressional successor Debbie Dingell Thursday in their suburban Detroit home.

Epic Games reveals Fortnite Share The Love event
While waiting for the next season of Fortnite to begin, try having some fun with the Share the Love event. To celebrate the love-themed occasion, Fortnite will be getting a special " Share the Love " event.

Northeast BC unemployment at 5.5% to start 2019
The central bank stayed on the sidelines last month after five hikes since July 2017, and most analysts expect no action. Good news on the jobs front in Prince George.

© 2015 ExpressNewsline. All Rights reserved.