These apps collect the most personal data
A pCloud study found that social media and meal delivery apps sell the most personal data to third-party advertisers. But a recent investigation showed that four in five people do not want their personal data to be collected or shared without their permission. If you are fed up with invasive data collection, what are the best alternatives?
Surfshark compared the data collection activities of 200 apps to find out which services collect the most data in a given category and which apps actually leave your data alone. The study compared 18 categories of apps and found that the more popular an app, the more data it is likely to collect.
Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger, all owned by the same company, collect all 32 segments of personal data reported by Apple’s App Store. Less invasive options include the Clubhouse social media app with audio-first. Cisco Webex Meetings App and Dust Message Disappearance are great alternatives for both business and personal use, as neither service collects data.
If you’re looking for privacy when you search the web, read emails, or stream videos, you should avoid Google products. Chrome takes 13 data points, Gmail collects 19 and YouTube captures a colossal 24. Instead, use the Brave alternatives or Firefox Focus – or an incognito window – and the paid messaging service Spike, and Popcornflix or Kanopy for streaming video.
Are you looking for financial applications? PayPal takes 26 data points compared to only eight for MoneyGram. Mint also gobbles up 21 data points, while Mvelopes does not collect any data. Cryptominers, avoid Coinbase and its 18 data points: instead choose Crypto Pro, which only collects personal identifiers.
The DoorDash and Caviar food delivery apps each collect 24 data points, while apps like Postmates and ChowNow only collect 13. Instead of buying from Amazon, which collects 26 data points, try Etsy or Poshmark. , which only take 12.
Surfshark’s study includes an interactive privacy tool that lets you see the most (and least) data-hungry apps. See where your favorite apps are ranking and switch to a more privacy-focused alternative.