Facebook and Instagram the most invasive apps on iOS, says report
What you need to know
- Instagram and Facebook are "the most invasive apps" when it comes to third-party data on iOS.
- That's according to new analysis of Apple's privacy labels by pCloud.
New analysis of Apple's iOS 14 privacy "nutrition labels" reveal that some of the best apps for iPhone might also be the most intrusive when it comes to data.
The report found that 52% of apps collect data and share it with third parties. The top two apps were Instagram, which shared 79% of personal data collected with third parties, and Facebook, which shares 57% of personal data collected with third parties. They were followed by LinkedIn and Uber Eats, who both share 50%.
From the report:
That's not all, the report also looks at apps that use apps and data to market their own products and services:
Facebook and Instagram both led with 86% of all personal data collected used to promote an app's own products. The report also revealed some of the safest apps, including Signal, Skype, Zoom, Telegram, and more.
Facebook and Instagram also topped an overall table of how much data each app tracks on users overall, with 55% and 62% respectively. You can read the full report here.
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