People often ask why I use an iPhone and I answer: a security-oriented engineer at my company insisted. We've had a lot of debates here about how secure they really are. Jeff Bezos told Walt Mossberg in an interview last year, before his phone was apparently hacked, that if a state actor wanted to break into your phone, they could.
Now The Wall Street Journal published an article with this summary:
I don't know if my subscription to WSJ let me fetch a link that lets you read it without a subscription (did it?), so I'll summarize a little:
There’s a kids’ iOS app called Curious World that, not surprisingly, stars the cute little pants-less monkey. Turns out, the app was collecting my son’s age, name and every book he tapped, and sending that data to Facebook Inc.
The company’s response? Whoopsies!
“There was some rogue code in the app that was mistakenly sending this data,” said Abhi Arya, the chief executive of Curious World.
The WSJ tested 80 apps, most of which were featured on the App Store as "apps we love." They found an average of 4 trackers per app.
They focused on Apple because Apple is building so much theater around privacy, but they poked a little with Android and said:
Apps in Google’s Play Store for Android use the same techniques. In some cases, when it comes to providing on-device information to developers and trackers, Android is worse.