Here are the iOS apps that need your data the most – Paypal, Amazon, Door Dash and more
No wonder Facebook is ranting Apple’s efforts to increase transparency in data sharing. SurfShark, a cybersecurity company, analyzed iOS apps to determine which platforms snatch the most data from its users. Investigators found that Facebook’s most popular apps, with the exception of WhatsApp, are the most data intensive.
On the bright side, users will breathe a sigh of relief to hear that web browsers aggregate the least amount of information about users – and some web crawlers don’t collect anything at all.
Facebook-owned apps collect the most data
The Facebook app, Messenger and Instagram are the three most data-intensive iOS platforms, according to the SurfShark study. This is expected; Facebook has been hit hard by privacy advocates who blame the social media giant for invading users’ personal digital space.
Surfshark discovered that Facebook-owned apps track user contact information, health and fitness data, search history, location, and even sensitive information like financial data.
The cybersecurity company also analyzed iOS apps in 17 categories: messaging, social media, payments, shopping, food delivery, streaming, dating, flight booking and navigation, personal finance, email, rules tracking, tracking. pregnancy, cryptocurrency, image editing, children, browsers and weather.
The Facebook application and Facebook Messenger, unsurprisingly, have overtaken the first two as the most data-intensive. Cisco Webex Meetings is the least data intensive for the Messaging category while Clubhouse takes this throne for the Social Networks column.
Here’s a breakdown of SurfShark’s results (the most data-intensive app is on the left and the least data-intensive app is on the right):
As mentioned, SurfShark has found that web browsers collect the least amount of user data. However, it’s no surprise that of all the iOS web crawlers, Google Chrome is the most data-hungry. If you’re looking for a browser that won’t collect anything from you, consider the Privacy web browser app.
The top three categories of apps that collect the most data are social media, food delivery, and shopping. Facebook, of course, takes the crown in the first category as the data-hungry main while Door Dash and Amazon Shopping take the throne for the other two.
If this concerns you, don’t worry. SurfShark has created an interactive tool that allows iOS users to see which app invades users’ privacy the least. You can filter iOS apps by category and find the best platform for your security needs.
SurfShark investigators say one way to stop Big Tech from collecting our data is to charge for it. “At the very least,” SurfShark said, “it would highlight the true value of our data – and make developers think twice before demanding it.”