An online study found that 72 percent of all apps in the market request access to at least one potentially risky permission. For example, 42 percent request access to GPS location data, 31 percent want access to phone number and phone call history, and 26 percent ask for permission to access personal information.
Aimee downloaded a game app to play on her Dad’s mobile phone. It turned out to be a phony game app and it harvested information from the mobile phone. It got access to her Dad’s passwords, credit card information, location data, and also sent information out to sites where it was used to commit fraud and identity theft.