Uber On Your Android Phone Steals Your Data
Uber’s Android app may be sending your private data back to the company, reports Cult of Mac’s Buster Hein. The data transfer was reportedly discovered by Joe Giron, who runs a cybersecurity firm.
The Cult of Mac report says, “Digging into the app’s code, GironSec discovered the Uber app ‘calls home’ and sends private data back to Uber. This isn’t typical app data, though. Uber is sending back users’ entire SMSLog even though the app never requests permission. It also sends call history, Wi-Fi connections used, GPS locations and every type of device ID possible. The app even checks your neighbour’s Wi-Fi and sends back info on the router’s capabilities, frequency and SSID.”
It’s unclear what purpose this information would serve for the ride-sharing company.
Neither Giron nor Cult of Mac said whether Uber’s iOS app was transferring similar data back to the company.
Posted by Rohan Kar for Android