05 Jul New Study of Thousands of Android Apps Find No Evidence of Spying
Researchers at Northwestern University and the University of California, Santa Barbara recently said that even though there were reported instances of apps taking pictures and uploading it online without the user’s knowledge, they have not found evidence of deliberate spying by apps using the device’s mic or camera.
The academics did a thorough study of 15,627 apps from the official Google Play Store, 510 apps from AppChina, 528 apps from Mi.com, and 285 apps from the Anzhi portal and while they did find 21 that record and send out multimedia data via their network connection, they did not find any evidence of malicious behavior.
However, the fact that some of the apps still upload images to their servers for editing purposes can still be considered a leak. The researchers additionally warned against the risk brought by third-party libraries that often abuse the permission given by users to the app.
Source: Bleeping Computer