following coffee Tim Hortons

Are You Being Followed by an App?

Have you ever wondered when you download an App if it follows you even if you are not using it? Apparently the Tim Horton’s Coffee App did, does just that. The Canadian authorities investigated and found violation of the law pertaining to just that. I chuckled at the subtitle, ““Inappropriate form of surveillance”.

All of this does bring into my mind how accurate is that, “only when in use”, when asked by most apps which need a location when used. It is a question that has been asked for many years. Many of us turn off any tracking, if for no better reason than it drains the battery. And that is silly if it is from a dormant app. Lesson? Install less apps, especially ones that require locations.

There is more details here in the story.