The people glued to their smartphones or tablets are always on the lookout for new applications to download so as to enhance their utilization or for the entertainment purpose. There are a number of apps being made available so as to help people stay connected, share location, check the weather, play games, watch movies and so on.
However, the app named “AccuWeather” is back in trouble owing to its location sharing issues in spite of being updated. The developers of the application were informed about the location data sharing issue even if people had opted out of making any revelation. According to one of the sources, the app was found to share the location data even if the user had selected out of the sharing option. The app collected data and passed it to other organizations for the purpose of ads.
The app had mentioned that it had taken privacy matter too seriously and had gone beyond the basic legal policies to protect its users. The well-known app is used by millions of people so as to receive updates on the weather condition. The app has been designed such that it is compatible with Android and Apple phones. As per one of the sources, the iOS version of the application has been sending the intricate details of the Wi-Fi router used in the organization named Reveal Mobile.
Though the Wi-Fi details shared was not very precise it was of great use to the other marketers. Even though the users had opted out of giving out their location data the GPS data was gathered and shared. Thus, infuriating people regarding breaching their personal data. The data collected was then given out to the ad firms looking at using it to discuss or report the lifestyles of people.
Reveal Mobile’s allegations regarding the use of its personal database by the application have created news that is people cannot stop looking into. However, as an answer to the allegations, AccuWeather has spilled out that it was just using the data gathered so as to get a better idea about its users. The terms and conditions regarding data privacy and location sharing will be renewed in the coming months. Even the app will be updated such that no data will be shared if the user opts out of location sharing.
Let’s wait and watch for the updated version that will be coming up soon.