The iOS apps that spy on the user the most are named. And alternatives

VPN provider Surfshark has researched the activity of popular iOS apps, learned what types of personal data they collect, and found alternatives.

The results are as follows: In the messaging and video calling category, Facebook Messenger collects the most personal data, while Cisco Webex Meetings collects the least. Among social networks, Facebook uses the most personal data, while Clubhouse uses the least.

The full results can be seen in the picture (the longer the bar, the more data is collected; the more colors, the more different types of data are used):

Image Source: Surfshark

Surfshark also divided the applications into categories and looked at which ones collect the most personal data. Here are the results:

Image Source: Surfshark

Top 5 categories of apps that use the most personal data:

  1. Social network
  2. Food delivery
  3. Purchases
  4. Dating
  5. Payments

Top 5 categories of apps that use the least personal data:

  1. Browsers
  2. Photo Editors
  3. Kids Apps
  4. Mail clients
  5. Weather

There is another pattern: the most popular apps collect the most personal data. Selling them is a way to monetize your audience. However, there are other ways if you do not collect personal data. Some apps charge you for the very fact that you use them, others offer in-app purchases, and still others give you access to the premium version for money.

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