Odds are, at least once a day, you open a weather app. You might check in the morning to learn the day's forecast or in the evening to prepare for tomorrow's weather.
So the light of what seems like an endless stream of news about the lack of data privacy in apps, you may not be surprised to hear that your weather app may be spying on you.
But why a weather app? According to Motherboard, third-party weather apps are easy to make, you don't question when the app asks for you location and there's a good chance you'll use it everyday.
It's not just obscure weather apps that have been found to be abusing user's trust. Heavy-hitter apps like The Weather Channel, AccuWeather, Weatherbug and Weather Forecast- World Weather Accurate Radar, have all been accused of selling your data.
The weather apps ask for permissions that aren't needed to display the weather and mostly sell user data to advertisers or data brokers, Motherboard reported.
In 2017, AccuWeather was caught selling user data to ad firms despite the location services being turned off. The app provided a user's exact GPS location to advertisers.
Last year, "The New York Times" discovered that Weatherbug and the Weather Channel app were also selling precise location data to third parties.
Most recently, the Weather Forecast- World Weather Accurate Radar and The Weather Channel app are under fire. Earlier this week, "The Wall Street Journal" reported that Weather Forecast collected data from smartphone users, including geographic location, email address and International Mobile Equipment Identity number.
There are a few alternatives if you want to ditch the third-party weather apps, according to Motherboard: Use the built-in weather apps that come with Android and iOS.
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- Several popular third-party weather forecast apps have been accused of or found to be selling user data to ad firms and data brokers.
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