You might have installed hundreds of apps on your smartphone and do you really know they are safe, you could have install something seems to be very interesting to you and without knowing that it can track your location ? well for all your worries a group of developers wants to give Android Users the opportunity to understand the privacy risks of these apps. MIT Technology Review reports that Rutgers University assistant professor Janne Lindqvist and his group have developed an app that will display a large banner across the front of the screen that reads, "Your Location is accessed by name of the app".
That means, if you are using an third-party app, and if someone is tracking you down via that app, then the message will appear on at the bottom of your smartphone android screen, anytime any app that accesses the GPS functionality of your smartphone you will get alert about it.
Lindqvist and his group performed a field study that demonstrated to a group of participants just how many of their apps were accessing their location. Not only were the participants surprised to find some of the more innocuous apps on their phone were regularly gathering location data, but many apps failed to effectively inform them that location tracking was taking place at all.
According to the report, “our participants appreciated the transparency brought by our run-time disclosures and that because of the disclosures most of them had taken actions to manage their apps’ location access.” The app should be available on Google Play within the next upcoming months as the beta testing is going on. Soon you will able to get the app for your android smartphone to keep your self in safe place and leave your home without letting strangers to know about it.