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Mobile users wary of privacy invasion by apps: Survey

Published on Sep 5, 2012 10:36 PM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Users of mobile devices are rejecting or uninstalling some apps because of concerns about how much personal and private information is collected, a United States (US) survey showed on Wednesday.

The Pew Internet Project survey found that 54 per cent of mobile users who download apps have decided to not install a cell phone app when they discovered how much personal information they would need to share in order to use it.

Additionally, 30 per cent of app users have uninstalled an app that was already on their cell phone because they learned it was collecting personal information that they did not want to share.

The survey comes amid growing concern among US lawmakers and civil liberties groups that personal information may be collected by phones and other mobile devices, often without their knowledge. The Pew survey found that owners of both Android and iPhone devices are also equally likely to delete or avoid apps due to concerns over their personal information.

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