Illustration: Ajay Mohanty
is one of the burning issues in India
today and even the government has begun working on ways to protect the personal data of its citizens.
But contrary to popular belief, data privacy
isn’t compromised only in the scenario of a breach. Personal data is most commonly given away to developers of apps who have no business collecting such information.
A survey of the top 100 applications on Google’s Play Store and Apple’s iTunes done by security software maker Symantec
revealed that 89 per cent of the top 100 Android
apps sought “risky permissions” while 39 per cent of iOS apps did the same.
While many apps have genuine reasons to request permissions that gives them access to a user’s personal information, Symantec
report did identify some apps in the top 100 list that requested permissions that were unnecessary.