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Despite strict Apple policies several applications sell your data to many brokers

A report from Mark Up concluded that many applications are continuously selling user data to brokers who use it for their own personal benefits. This also happens in Apple applications despite the fact the tech firm has ensured considerable precautions to protect the privacy and the security of its customers. It's what led to the well-known Meta vs. Apple feud.

In this article, we'll explain why the app sells your data to data brokers. Data brokers were formerly required to produce software development kits (SDK) that app developers could utilize in order to rapidly and readily access often sought capabilities. The SDK might capture data and location information from users, which the designer could then sell.

Apple took a stand against these SDKs last year by requiring developers to add privacy labels in their apps that explain which data is collected and how it is used. Apple's reliance on developers being honest about the labels was exposed last month, and many of them aren't. Apple's technology has a serious security issue.

Many apps continue to sell location data to brokers without utilizing an SDK and relying on an innocuous-sounding term in their privacy policies, according to an article by The Markup.

A new method is currently being used by data brokers. If the app developer has a deal with a location data broker, they can give user data directly through "server-to-server" transfers. This behavior appears to occur outside of app stores' purview, and it is becoming more common in the industry.

Apps must disclose what data they collect and how it will be used, as well as acquire users' consent before sharing their data, according to Apple's policy. However, it does not require applications to disclose to whom they sell data, and many just claim to "share data with partners."

In the present times, there is a lot of data traveling around and being collected without you even knowing. Hence it is important for users to opt for applications which fully define which data they are collecting and stay away from apps which seem suspicious.


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