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Apps caught secretly recording smartphone screens

A number of apps are recording people’s phone screens and sending the information out to third parties, claim scientists investigating smartphone surveillance.

Researchers have found that some of the most popular Android apps are recording videos and screenshots and sending it to other companies, without the user’s knowledge.

“Our study reveals several alarming privacy risks in the Android app ecosystem, including apps that over-provision their media permissions and apps that share image and video data with other parties in unexpected ways, without user knowledge or consent,” said Elleen Pan, one of the computer science academics at Northeastern University behind the study.

The team found 21…–telegraph

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