Most smartphone users today are aware that some apps track their physical location. It’s a necessary part of providing services like GPS navigation, location-aware notifications, and sharing locations on social networks. However, few people pay attention to how often apps request location data.
In a recent study from Carnegie Mellon University, the apps in a typical users’ phone made an average of 6,200 location requests per week.
This amounts to tracking an individual’s location every 3 minutes.
Many apps requested information far more often than seems necessary. The Weather Channel, for example, collected location data 2,000 times per week on average during the study (roughly every 10 minutes). […]
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