Techcrunch reports that many popular applications for iOS devices record user movements that are performed on the screen. They are both taps and finger swipes. What is it done for? In this way, application developers know how iPhone users use their software.
Popular iOS applications are spying on users. Interestingly, this is done without any permission to record movements on the screen. Air Canada, Hollister and Expedia programs are able to record finger movements performed on iPhones, as Techcrunch reports.
The above-mentioned applications are able to register virtually every movement on the screen. These are taps, swipe your finger, hold the screen for a long time in a given place or write on a virtual keyboard. This is done through the Glassbox solution, which allows you to record movements and then send them to the application developers.
Unfortunately, it turns out that just registering movements on the screen is nothing compared to the fact that this can result in the leakage of sensitive data. The example of the Air Canada application proves that incorrect masking is able to reveal passport or credit card numbers. Recently, the authors of this program admitted that there were about 20,000 users leaked.
You probably wonder why the movements from the application are collected? This information helps understand the behavior of users. On this basis, you can try to develop software in a specific direction.