US teens catching on to nosy mobile apps

by Curtis Lee Fulton

US teens are catching on to nosy mobile apps, finds a survey by the Pew Research Center. Fifty-eight percent of teens between the age 12-17 say they’ve downloaded apps to their phone or tablet, but 46% of teen app users report turning off location features on their device or in an app because of privacy fears.

Teens also report avoiding apps that have creepy reputations. Fifty-one percent of teen app users say they’ve avoided certain apps due to privacy concerns and 26% of teen app users have uninstalled apps once they learn the app was collecting personal information that they didn’t want to share.

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