Responding to privacy concerns, AccuWeather is out with a new version of its iOS app that removes a controversial data sharing behavior. Earlier this week, security researcher Will Strafach called attention to the practice in a Medium post and users took to Twitter to announce their intention to dump the app in droves. “AccuWeather’s app employed a Software Development Kit (SDK) from… Read More
AccuWeather’s iOS app may be up to something fishy. Security researcher Will Strafach published a warning about the popular weather app’s behavior on Medium and users appear to be paying attention. I would find this less concerning if the AccuWeather's permission dialog mentioned tracking your home/work location, where you travel, etc. — Will Strafach (@chronic) August… Read More
A security researcher recently discovered that the AccuWeather app for iOS was sending location information to a data monetization firm, even when users opt out of location tracking within the app.
The sketchy app behavior was first stumbled upon by Will Strafach, a mobile security expert known for iOS hacking. Strafach only works to find vulnerabilities on iOS, so it’s unclear if the app is pulling this stunt on Android users as well.
What’s strange about this particular discovery is that every iPhone user has the option to turn off location data for individual apps running the background. But AccuWeather is apparently disregarding this setting in order to send information to an ad firm named Reveal Mobile. Read more…
The weather and its many faces have served as an inspiration for many musicians, who have crooned about the London fog, the Sun coming out, stormy weather, and the clothes you wear for a season. Now Spotify is teaming up with AccuWeather to build on that, with a new service called Climatune — playlists that are based on the weather in your location in real-time, and the mood that… Read More