France’s data protection authority, the CNIL, says mobile phone apps are accessing and processing an unnecessary amount of private data, PCWorld reports. The CNIL studied 189 apps on six smartphones. The aim was to analyze the nature of the apps, not to put blame on app developers, CNIL President Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin said. Meanwhile, security researchers at a Romanian-based firm are warning that mobile apps are becoming increasingly intrusive. Nearly 13 percent of apps disclose user phone numbers without the user’s consent.
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