Apps on your phone may not be stealthy snooping on your conversations, but they're doing something equally, if not more, creepy: recording your screen, a study from researchers from Northeastern University has revealed.
Convinced that apps on your phone are secretly eavesdropping on your conversations and to target you with advertisements?
As Gizmodo reported, researchers from Northeastern University conducted a yearlong study to find out if this conspiracy theory is true. The researchers – Elleen Pan, Jingjing Ren, Martina Lindorfer, Christo Wilson, and David Choffnes – studied the behavior of more than 17,000 popular Android apps to determine whether they stealthy access your phone's microphone to record audio.
There's good news and bad news. The bright side, the researchers “found no evidence” that apps are sneakily snooping in on your conversations. Now, the bad news: They're doing something equally, if not more, creepy: recording your screen.
“We find that several applications either undisclosed or unexpected given the purpose of the app, “the researchers concluded. “Importantly, we find that third-party libraries record a video of a user's interaction with an app, including at times sensitive input fields, without any permissions or notification to the user. “
The researchers said they were responsive to the privacy of leaks to developers and Google's Android privacy team, and” they took action to remediate the privacy concerns. “
Meanwhile, during his appearance on Capitol Hill this April, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg denied rumors that the social media app is listening to you through your phone.