“The average free Android app silently connects to more than 100 different web addresses to serve adverts and track users, according to a paper from French research institute Eurecom,” Alex Hern reports for The Guardian.

“The worst offenders found on the Google Play store connect to orders of magnitude of up to 20 times more sites. One app that does nothing more than control volume “connects to almost 2,000 distinct URLs” when it’s booted up on a phone,” Hern reports. “While the presence of advertising in free apps is unlikely to surprise users, the frequent involvement of sites that track personal information is less expected.”

“The researchers argue that the findings demonstrate the downside of the relatively open nature of Android app stores,” Hern reports. “‘The lack of oversight in Android Play Store makes it all too easy for end users to install applications of dubious origin, or those which silently carry out activity that might not be seen favourably by the user … Our results underscore the need for greater transparency in the network interaction of mobile applications on the Android App store[s],’ they conclude.”

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MacDailyNews Take: “Open.”

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Sparkles” for the heads up.]

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