Lack of Address Registry for Majority of Apps Shows Sorry State of Consumer Data Protection

Most people download apps from either the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store, and the total combined number of apps that both of these stores have to offer is 4.7 million. This is a huge number, but the more important number that you should be looking at has to do with the percentage of these apps that actually rather risky for you to end up using.

Pixalate recently conducted a study that revealed 66% of all apps on the Play Store and 78% of all apps on the App Store don’t even have an address of registry, and with 2.5 million downloads coming from Cyprus which is a popular shell company location this means that many companies are just not reporting the origins of the app in an attempt to stay away from any taxes that they might need to end up paying.

What’s more is that 70% of Android apps that are currently being used have asked for dangerous permissions at least once. This includes access to your location data, access to your external storage, access to your camera as well as the ability to read the state of your phone.

With app downloads becoming ever more frequent, and a big part of the reason why that is the case has to do with the fact that the covid-19 pandemic is leaving people without a lot of leisure options, these companies really need to do a clean up of their app stores. The current state of these stores reveals that there is a wanton disregard for user privacy and consumer data protection, and with so many malicious actors just waiting to get some kind of a chance to steal as much data as they can security risks that are this big are pretty much unacceptable if you think about it.

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