Researchers from the University of Michigan and Fordham Law School released a report to help educate internet patrons on the privacy concerns around application programming interfaces. The report, titled “APIs and Your Privacy,” examined 11 online services to show the ways APIs gather and send consumer data, such as with Candy Crush Saga, Netflix, Google Maps and Search, Pandora, Tinder and ESPN. The researchers received support from AT&T for the report and presented their findings at the AT&T Policy Forum's Symposium on Application Programming Interfaces and Privacy in Washington. “While APIs are an inherent part of how the online ecosystem works, their privacy implications deserve closer scrutiny — for APIs made available to both developers and advertisers,” the report states.
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