Fed up of new app and websites getting to know your location? Now an application, which is currently in its beta mode, is being developed which may soon block third party apps and websites from getting to know about your location.
Keeping in view the rising trend of social media websites providing huge information about the users to data providers, a US university group has made an app which is aimed to protect user’s personal data from third parties.
“The trend of people using searches and social networks on smartphones which aren’t well-protected is going up. Sometimes people share too much information. This is a way to help provide some security,” Linke Guo, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Binghamton University who led the team, was quoted saying in a report.
“With Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and others we provide a huge amount of data to the service providers every day. In particular, we upload personal photos, location information, and daily updates to the internet without any protection,” Guo added.
Guo rightly mentioned the risk involved in data sharing on internet.
“When we release personal information to the internet, it is out of our control, and can be easily searched and used for malicious purposes,” Guo said.
“We are trying to provide a more efficient and feasible solution to make sure that kind of information is secure,” he added.
Smartphones these days are sending gobs of personal information about user. Prominently, the GPS service providers and food check-ins portals are provided this information which increases the risk of data theft.
If the team sucessful in theier efforts, it will surely be a revolutionary attempt in the digital space.
The team is now getting a four-corner appreciation and has also been awarded “best paper” award at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) GLOBECOM Conference in San Diego recently.