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Submission + - New report finds mobile apps regularly 'spy on users' (

DanJ_UK writes: The BBC reports that Apps on Apple and Android smartphones leak lots of users' information to third parties, research has suggested. Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard, and Carnegie-Mellon universities studied 110 apps available on Google Play and the Apple App Store. They found 73% of the Android apps shared users' email addresses, and 47% of the iOS apps shared location data. Privacy International said it was more evidence of how devices "betray us". The study, Who Know What About Me? A Survey of Behind the Scenes Personal Data Sharing to Third Parties by Mobile Apps, tested 55 of the most popular Android apps and the same number of iOS apps.

Submission + - Google Account Compromised (

DanJ_UK writes: "I was absolutely furious to find yesterday when I got into work that I could no longer log into my google account that I've had for years and years. Not only is this a major inconvenience for the obvious reasons, I also have all my Google services including analytics, docs et al tied to this account, some of which have pretty important information in them.

So far Google have been the most unhelpful company in the world to deal with in terms of support. I'm even still logged in with the saved session in my browser, I can provide details of the exact times e-mails in my Gmail inbox were sent because I've used e-mail forwarding with gmail for a while and second to that the google profile tied to my account here is clearly me.

Yet the Google accounts recovery form is a complete waste of time and gets you no further than an automated response and there is no way of getting in touch with someone from Google to do an actual 'investigation' and there's no option to provide other verifiable information that will plainly show this is my account.

It seems I'm sod out of luck, I've lost a lot here and I'm at a loss to see what can be done about it. If Google don't want to be losing users in the long run they're doing a crap job of it right now, at least when I had a Hotmail account 'hacked' years ago I actually got to contact someone at MSN who verified most of the information I supplied and could plainly see it was my account.

Google are evil, has anyone else had any experiences with Google accounts being stolen and if so have you had any success in getting your account back?"

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