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Survey: Cell Phone App Peeping Privacy 80% of Netizens “Helpless” but Have to Use

via:华西都市报     time:2018/4/2 10:32:20     readed:516

A few days ago, Baidu's chairman and chief executive officer, Li Yanhong, said in a forum a controversial remark: “If they (referring to the Chinese) are willing to use privacy to exchange convenience or efficiency, they are willing to do so in many cases. ”


A takeout app opens for the first time to require mobile location permissions.

Willing to use privacy for convenience? For such a view, how is the attitude of netizens? On March 30, the West China Metropolis Daily - Cover News conducted a small survey on Weibo.

A survey

App on the phone and address

Over 80% of netizens worry about privacy leaks

"Netizens are willing to use privacy for convenience? Is it you? ” On March 30th, the microblogging small survey took the most popular takeaway App as an example to understand how users choose between convenience and privacy.

Instead of cooking and saving time, take-out has gradually become a choice for many people to “solve food and clothing”. Prior to this, a survey said that the super-six adults called at least two takeaways per week.

Companies and homes are two of the most commonly used addresses on the Takeout App, and it is essential to receive takeaways and phone numbers. While enjoying the convenience, how many people realize that they want to protect their privacy?

Of the 89 people who participated in the survey, everyone did not seem to care much about the real name and family/company address. 55.95% of people will fill in real information, accounting for more than the person who filled in the affair. However, the two options are almost equal to each other in the aspect of maintaining the approximate position or accuracy of the house number.

84.09% of respondents expressed concern that the use of these apps is concerned about disclosure of privacy. Only a few “heart-felt” respondents stated that they did not consider disclosure of privacy or thought that it would not affect their lives. Of the respondents who expressed concern about privacy, 90.54% said frankly that they still had to use these apps, and less than 10% refused to use them directly.

Once measured

Open permissions without consent

certainvideoApp actually wants to access contacts

How exactly does an app get your privacy? On April 1, the reporter downloaded several more popular apps for testing.

The reporter first downloaded a takeaway app. When the app is opened for the first time, a “permission request” pops up on the page asking for permission to locate the phone. When "Forbidden" is selected, the page prompts that there may be a malfunction and asks "Set to allow" or "Keep it forbidden" again. After you continue to select "Forbidden," the App can open normally.

Subsequently, in the background rights management, although the “positioning phone” is set to be forbidden, the options related to privacy security such as “visiting contacts”, “accessing call records”, and “visiting SMS/MMS” have also been turned on, but the reporter did not Authorization.

There are a lot of apps that directly open some privacy and security permissions without prompting them, including a map app with 260 million downloads and a video app with 450 million downloads. What is puzzling is that this video app, in addition to the "use of camera" "recording" and other authorizations, also automatically open the "access contact" "access schedule" and other permissions.

Tips are not "warm"

Do not turn on the relevant permission does not let use

In addition, there are some software users have to open the relevant permissions.

Download and install another take-away app, which also pops up the request for positioning mobile phone permissions. This time, the reporter also chose “prohibition”. However, the page has been displaying “Address is wrong” after that. Manually search for the merchant and product name in the search bar. All show "no search results nearby".

Afterwards, the reporter's rights management in the background set the "mobile phone positioning" to "allowed." Once the app is opened again, relevant results appear on the search, and orders can be placed normally.

Another search app, after downloading and installing, will pop up a prompt directly when it is opened for the first time: “In the future we will provide you with weather and local life services. We will apply to read your device status and device number, etc. When you use voice When searching or photographing, AR, sweeping and other recognition services, we will apply to use your microphone, camera, photo album, etc. When you use the find friend function, we will also apply for accessing your SMS message when you log in. Fill in the verification code quickly. "Although it is a "warm" prompt, the options are "disagree" and "agree and continue". If "disagree" is selected, the app cannot be opened.

After reading the app's “have to” permission, many people have some doubts: I don’t need all of these features. Why should I turn them on instead of what I need? Related permissions?

a report

App gets personal privacy

Is showing a gradually increasing trend

In the era of smart phones, there are no more than a dozen or twenty apps (applications) in their mobile phones? Social, video, navigation, take-out, photo beautification... Some popular apps, downloading hundreds of millions.

Are these apps in your mobile phone really safe? On January 17 this year,TencentThe "2017 Internet Privacy Security and Cyber ​​Fraud Analysis Report" jointly released by the Social Research Center and the DCCI Internet Data Center may make you feel that you are being "peeped."

The report said that in the second half of 2017, 98.5% of Android mobile phone apps were getting user privacy rights, which is an increase of 2% compared to the first half of the year. The iOS application that acquired the privacy rights of the user's mobile phone increased in the second half of 2017, reaching 81.9%, which was an increase of 12.6% over the first half of the year.

Although most of the software acquires user privacy for the purpose of normal use of the product by the user, such as the image beautification app, you must visit your camera or picture library. The navigation app must first know your position, but the report also states that there are 9% The Android application in the second half of 2017 has the phenomenon of gaining user privacy rights across the border.

User voice

Netizen “The Graveyard of the Forest”: In fact, the convenience and comfort you feel and the software push and personalization settings that are suitable for you are all transferring personal privacy to efficiency.

Netizen "F__young": I don't give personal privacy first. I have to do it a lot.

Empty Alber: I don't want to, I don't understand because disclosure of privacy is widespread, so my sense of self-protection has declined. Many people's "privacy change facilities" are not voluntary, but unconscious. Just as many people register their new accounts, they will not read the complete Internet protocol. Many agreements simply do not understand.

West China City Daily - Cover News Reporter Wu Bingqing

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