Android has certainly taken heat for malware-related bits in the past. Now, a recent study by computer scientists at North Carolina State University reveals that over half of the 100,000 apps from
the Android Market Google Play include so-called ad libraries, which are essentially handed out by Google or third-party devs to retrieve ads from servers and launch them on your phone. Of these, 297 were classified as “aggressive,” as they’re allowed to run code from a remote server. Furthermore, Dr. Jian along with his squad of researchers found that more than 48,000 of the apps put to the test could track location via GPS, while other accessed info could range from call logs, contact numbers, to the apps list on your device. It’s unclear if this also applies to Android slates, though this particular study conducted only included handsets.
Android study finds privacy and security risks related to in-app advertising
March 19, 2012