HomesecuritySensor Tower: 20 applications tracking user data!

Sensor Tower: 20 applications tracking user data!

Sensor Tower: its applications were tracking user data!A BuzzFeed News study revealed that at least 20 VPN and ad blocking apps from the Sensor Tower platform were tracking secret user data. With more than 35 million downloads, these 20 applications for Android and iOS have been supplying Sensor Tower with personal user data since 2015. These include free and unlimited VPNs, VPN Luna, Mobile Data and Adblock Focus.

Following this revelation, Apple removed Adblock Focus and Google Mobile by app stores their. Both technology giants are continuing to investigate other applications for leaking user data. However, it is interesting that all applications were registered under different company names. However, Buzzfeed managed to link the applications to the Sensor Tower after finding a code written by developers working for the company.Sensor Tower: VPN, Luna VPN, Mobile Data and Adblock Focus

But how did the Sensor Tower gather data from millions of users?

According to research, Sensor Tower applications were asking users to install a certificate root, which would allow them access to his movement Internet and data passing through their mobile phone.

Giving root privileges to third-party applications can pose risks, as developers may take advantage of it. THE Apple does not allow root certificate privileges in third-party applications. However, SensorTower applications bypassed it by installing certificates through Safari. For example, Luna VPN transfers users to Safari and asks them to install a root certificate with in-app notification about installing Adblock Extention to avoid ads in YouTube.sensor tower -youtube

Mobile analytics chief Randy Nelson has disputed allegations of secret and illegal user data collection, stating that Sensor Tower applications do not monitor, request or store any sensitive and personal user data, such as passwords, and more, by users or other applications on a user's device, including web browsers.

In addition, when the Buzzfeed suggested that apps be removed from app stores, Nelson stressed that the majority of apps mentioned are not in use, while a few are widespread.

It was not the first time, however, that mobile VPN applications were questioned in terms of protecting the privacy of users, as last year, a report revealed that of the 150 free VPN applications used as a sample, 90% violated their privacy. users with different methods.