Some smartphone apps collect and transmit sensitive information stored on a phone, including location, contacts, and Web browsing histories, even when the apps aren’t being used by the phone’s owner, according to two researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “It seems like people are no longer in control of their own privacy,” said master’s degree candidate Frances Zhang found that some apps for phones running Google Inc.’s Android operating system are continually collecting information without informing the phone’s owner.
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