IF you have a smartphone, you be careful of your privacy data stored on it. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data (PCPD, 個人資料私隱專員公署) has examined 60 smartphone apps.
They found that these apps access from one to eight types of private data stored in phones. The most common types of data accessed include location data and account information. Some apps also have access to SMS messages, call logs, address book and calendar details on the phone. It may seem harmless to let apps collect such data, but it could lead to huge privacy problems. For example, when the data is combined, it could reveal your location without you knowing it.
The PCPD is looking into some of the more ‘risky’ apps among the 60 examined. It has also written to the remaining 50 to suggest ways to improve their way of handling private data.