The WSJ has an interactive feature on IOS and Android mobile apps that steal and giveaway your data.
From Geekosystem: “Angry Birds, the widely-popular game about throwing birds at pigs, mines a significant amount of user data, including user location, contacts and phone i.d., and sends it off to Google, Chillingo and Flurry. The Weather Channel app takes the phone i.d. and user location and sends that info off to a variety of places, including Adobe, Apple, Google, and Medialets. Some of the popular apps aren’t total thieves though: The Netflix app takes the phone i.d. and user location and sends it off to Netflix alone, rather than everyone else under the mobile sun. Oddly enough, Bejeweled 2 takes the user’s phone number and sends it off to Facebook.”
It’s a sad world we live in where this sort of privacy-breaching news is not surprising. I’m not even outraged or shocked, it’s more like resigned fate to the world we live in.