The privacy policies the apps on the PlayStore are blurred

The privacy policies of the apps on the PlayStore are unclear

More than 11434 apps were scanned on Google's PlayStore.

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The Goal was what it offered in terms of confidentiality terms and conditions of use. The result showed that the policy of confidentiality 14.2% of these applications were totally contradictory, see elusive, when it comes to the field of collection and management of personal data.

It must be admitted that the Google store is now one of the most the world's greats, not to say it is the world's most stocky app store. However, all applications they contain does not seem to respect the new trends in respecting or legally managing the personal data of their users.

The study was conducted by academics, the results of which have been published since last year. This was done through a computer tool called PolicyLint, which provided a thorough analysis of the privacy policies offered by the 11430 applications analyzed on the PlayStore. The study found that 1618 applications, or 14.2 percent, were not very clear in terms of their terms and conditions of use for managing the data they collect from their users.

Indeed, there are applications for example that mean that they do not collect personal data. However, upon reading the rest of their privacy policy, we can discover that these same applications offer to collect certain information such as email addresses, the names of customers which are of course personal information. This makes it generally difficult to know exactly what the manufacturers really want to do or what the true intentions of the manufacturers are.

Referring to the researchers' opinion, the purpose of this kind rather confused politics it is no other interest than to deceive the user, in the event that the latter decides to read the general condition of use. This is very rarely done.

However, for some applications, it can be said that this kind of confusion is due to the practices beyond the control of manufacturers. According to the researchers, manufacturers of some of the software involved have used digital tools that automatically generate privacy policies. It's while it is understandable that for the tools these kinds of benefits are often failing. "I think we found four to five different templates," benjamin explained Andow, of IBM Research, who is one of the authors of the study.

In response to this problem, which has been raised by the vagueness of the content of its application privacy policies, it may be that the publishers of these various software involved may be penalized for the payment of fines. Especially in this trend where the American and European authorities are inflow of the slightest failure. "Contradictions can lead to the identification of misleading statements, which may be subject to sanctions by the FTC and the EU DATA protection authorities," Said Benjamin Andow, while suggesting that the result of their research may allow the authorities to initiate action against all persons who are not in good standing with regard to the various regulations in place at the level of data protection.

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