Privacy analysis finds Instagram Facebook most invasive apps

pCloud The App Store privacy analysis finds Instagram, Facebook’s most invasive apps, and Signal app among the safest to use.

By using Apple’s new privacy labels featured in the App Store, Cloud storage company pCloud decided to take a deeper look into the mobile apps to find the most invasive overall iOS users interact with the most to determine which ones share the most personal they identified which apps share the most private data with third parties

 pCloud takes a look at the most invasive apps collecting data from users, Instagram, Facebook, Uber Eats and more: The most invasive apps on iOS and Signal and Clubhouse Safest to Us

According to data collected by p-Cloud, Signal messaging app, Clubhouse, Microsoft Teams, Netflix, Skype, Telegram, and Google Classroom collect no data at all, and Facebook and Instagram are among the topmost invasive apps that collect and share user data with third-party vendors.

As per pCloud, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn collect the most personal data at 79%, 57%, and 50% respectively and Facebook and Instagram collect 86% user data whereas the latter shares 79% user.  

A report found that more than half of the top 100 apps share your data with third parties.  The top two apps were Facebook, which shares 57% of personal data collected, and  Instagram, which shared 79% of personal data collected,  LinkedIn and Uber Eat, both share 50% of personal data with third parties.

Invasive iOS apps

The top two apps were Instagram, which shared 79% of personal data, and  Facebook, which shares 57%  of personal data collected with third parties, LinkedIn, YouTube, and YouTube Music, and eBay are the topmost invasive apps that share data with third parties.

Talk about the food apps, food delivery apps Grubhub and Uber Eats share 50% amongst the worst apps for collecting your data for their internal marketing purposespcloud-invasive-apps-list.jpg

YouTube , and YouTube Music both collect 43% of personal data, while eBay collects 36% of personal data. When a user searches for a video on YouTube, almost 42% of their personal data is sent elsewhere. Snapchat and Spotify can be found at ranking 17 and 18 respectively, collecting 29% of personal data. The report found that more than 52% of iOS apps collect data and share it with third parties

Makes, Instagram is the worst privacy offender and shares 79 % of your personal data . The second place is predictably taken by Face book shares personal data with third-party companies including everything from information, personal date, and browsing history.

 In at 5th place The popular auction app Ebay came, by tracking and selling 40% of the personal data possible. Shopping app Amazon  at low in the list, with minimal tracking for their own advertising, and no data passed on to third parties

However Facebook and Instagram have over a billion users, , the amount of user data being collected and shared simply raises some serious privacy related concerns.

Signal, Microsoft Teams, Skype, and Netflix safest despite latter running compromised Chinese servers. Signal app collects 0% user data.

pCloud’s analysis found apps such as Signal, Clubhouse, Microsoft Teams, Skype, and Netflix didn’t share any user data with third parties.

Signal is among the popular messaging apps out there and what is even more interesting is that the app does not collect and share any user data

pCloud claims these are the safest apps to use on the App Store. But, let’s not forget that apps such as Clubhouse have their servers in China, the pCloud report also found that 80% of apps use personal data to market their own products in-app and outside

Non-invasive iOS apps

Apps like Skype, Microsoft Teams, and Google Classroom collect no data at all and top the list alongside Clubhouse, Netflix, and Signal.  At the other end of the scale to Facebook and Instagram, upcoming social media stars BIGO LIVE and Likke are amongst the top 20 safest apps to use, collecting just 2% of users’ personal data.

Ranked over 100 of the most popular apps around the world, in order of how invasive they are

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