When you grant an app permission to access certain data, you probably expect that denying access means that the app simply can’t access the data.
Turns out, that may not be altogether true.
According to a new report, over 1,000 apps have found ways to bypass those restrictions, essentially allowing them to gather data without the user knowing.
There are some pretty popular apps on the list, too — including the Shutterfly app.
Baidu was also collecting data through its mapping service — meaning that apps like the Hong Kong Disneyland app, which use Baidu’s mapping service, have been collecting data without permission.
Other apps like the Samsung Health and Samsung Browser app also used Baidu back-end and collected data, resulting in other Baidu apps being able to read that data.