Just an angry man ranting late at night about trackers being everywhere and being upset about the world:
I’ve recently been looking more into app trackers, specifically scanning all of my apps with Exodus Privacy (check it out, neat project!) and I am honestly just sad and devastated about how many trackers are included in everyday apps…
- Freemium music apps track your usage and sell the data as a second income stream (which is why I’m proud to say I’ve gone almost completely local)
- Shopping apps put trackers in your wallet as they throw deal after deal at you in a vicious cycle of "Save 10% by buying 4 rice cookers right now!" s (Which is why I only shop in person with cash) ((and seriously who needs 4 rice cookers???))
- Fitness apps shower you with “get fit quick” ads that will follow you EVERYWHERE (which is why I make my own workout routines)
- And the worst culprit of all “free” games generously embed as many trackers as humanly possible in the code meaning you’ll soon be living in miniature Disney Land and are a gold mine for advertising companies. (which is why I don’t have any installed)
Honorary mention to your very friendly dating app, your freakishly accurate weather provider who knows what floor you live on, and your unusually large flashlight app that probably knows a little too much and needs internet access for a new “glow in the dark” feature.
Don’t even get me started on browser trackers, these have a whole other angry topic waiting to be written.
-Let’s play a little “guess the trackers” game:
According to this lovely statistics article the average mobile app contains 15 trackers 12 of which were 3rd party trackers.
Almost all apps you see contain some good amount of your daily dose of trackers which is something that’s honestly making me sick.
So logically I have come here to rant and share my frustration with people that might actually listen.
Thanks for letting me write this down, I do feel a bit better now.
Although I have some angry emails to write so; happy reading!