Here's how call-blocking apps are invading your privacy behind your backs

Over the past years, spam calls are a huge problem for the majority of users. More than 52,000 complaints were submitted to the Federal Communications Commission regarding spam calls in just last year. To avoid these kinds of troubles, users chose the way of spam-blocking apps to protect themselves from these caller-ID spoofing. But apparently, the call blocking apps are also violating the privacy but accessing user’s phone number, contacts list, messages, etc. without their knowledge.

Aren’t you concerned that what would happen if a third party gains access to your personal data?

According to the NCC Group, many apps send out user’s information at night while they’re sleeping. These apps cannot just only share user’s phone number with third-party but can also learn about the other apps installed on the user’s phone. So it is a nightmare having such apps in our phones.

For non-technical mobile app users, the only way to survive the attacks of phony auto calls or other spam activities is by simply uninstalling these apps on their phones.

If only people had the transparency regarding the workings of their apps behind the scenes and regarding the kind of information these apps access and sent to any third-party companies. This kind of transparency could help people make decisions better about which apps to use and how and when to use it.

Apple’s App Store is one of the strongest privacy advocates because of its strict privacy policies. The App Store rejected so many apps whenever any scandal about privacy violation emerged linked with these apps. Even now, Apple contains a strict requirement that all of its apps must also include privacy policy linked to the information regarding that app in the App Store.

We have some suggestions that we want to put out for all these apps

Privacy is a very big concern for every user so the privacy policies of these apps should become more transparent and user-friendly as well. These apps should protect users in all the ways possible. Also, these apps need to clearly provide information to users about the use of their personal information especially when the app is viewed the first time. Just like users can easily choose when to share their GPS location they should also have access to opt-out any specific privacy policy terms whenever they are not comfortable sharing their data.

Usually, people neglect the privacy policy due to its long length of statements written and just blindly accept it without reading for once. The design of privacy should contain more images as compared to written content and a summarized version. Apps should create privacy design in a way that it clearly describes the data of users that are collected by these apps and where it’s sent. This kind of transparency can help users to make more informed decision to either use the app with personal information compromised or to opt-out of it.

These kind of steps can help make users more certain regarding the apps and feel more secured knowing about their personal data being secured.

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