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Pixalate Week in Review: July 18 - 22, 2022

Jul 22, 2022 3:00:00 PM

This week's review of ad fraud and privacy in the digital advertising space:

Security Report Finds Lack of App Privacy Data in 10% of 5 Million Apps Analyzed

privacyMac Insider published an article about Pixalate’s App Store Safety Report, saying, “many apps in Apple’s App Store lack privacy details. After analyzing 5 million apps, the report claims that they found no privacy details in 10% of those apps.”

Mac Insider cited other key findings including that, “98% of the apps without privacy policies also lack terms of service. Something more alarming is the fact that 7% of the apps with undetected privacy policies happened to likely be child-directed apps. Another interesting finding showed that more than 100,000 of the apps with no privacy data access end-user personal information.”

Over 787,000 Apps on Google and Apple Stores Do Not Have Privacy Policy: Report

privacy-data-peopleMedia Nama reported on Pixalate’s App Store Safety Report Q1 2022, citing that over 787,000 apps on Google and Apple’s smartphone stores have been reported to either have “undetectable privacy policies” or no such policies at all.

The article goes on to define what “undetected privacy policies” meant in Pixalate’s methodology and why it matters, citing that some apps access users’ personal information without having a policy in place for how the information is handled or distributed.

40% of mobile apps mentioning “APEC CBPR” in their privacy policies risk falsely representing participation in international privacy program

Review-Pixalate Q1 2022- APEC CBPR AppsPixalate analyzed 3.9MM app privacy policies from the Google and Apple mobile apps stores and published a list of mobile apps with Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Cross-Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) referenced in their privacy policy, including those registered to companies that do not appear in the CBPR compliance directory.

Pixalate found that the privacy policies of 815 apps included a reference to the APEC CBPR System as of Q1 2022. See the full Q1 2022 CBPR Compliance Report here.

Q&A with Amir Sharer, BRAVE on maintaining ad inventory quality in the mobile in-app ecosystem

Pixalate BRAVE Q&A Quality advertising in Mobile apps protecting clientsPixalate spoke with Amir Sharer, Founder & CEO at BRAVE, about maintaining ad inventory quality in the mobile in-app ecosystem. Of the company’s relationship with Pixalate, Sharer said, “we use the Pixalate solution to scan our traffic on the post-bid level. Our managers constantly monitor IVT alerts and immediately block unwanted traffic following the zero-tolerance of IVT practices. Other managers review the best practices recommended by the top anti-fraud associations and follow the recommendations. Our system has a protection layer for obvious fraud such as multi-clicks, fast-clicks, and suspicious activity of the users.”

Pixalate releases Q1 2022 App Store Safety report; finds more than 10% (780k) of apps in Apple, Google stores have no detected privacy policies

Pixalate - Q1 2022 App Store Safety ReportPixalate released its App Store Safety Report for Q1 2022, analyzing apps with no detected privacy policy across the Apple App and Google Play stores. Pixalate found there are more than 787k “no-privacy policy” apps, ~17% of the Google Play store and ~13% of the Apple App store. Both Google Play Store & Apple App Store policies require a developer to have a privacy policy, indicating these apps are likely in violation of the stores’ policies and therefore carry an increased risk to consumers’ & children’s privacy.

Apps with no privacy policy are in potential violation of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which requires businesses to disclose their policies on user data collection and usage.

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