The 10 most Privacy-Intrusive Web and Mobile Shops this Holiday Season

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As a holiday shopper who wants to avoid crowded retail stores, you can go shopping online or buy gifts directly via smartphone or tablet PC. According to Nielsen, more than half of U.S. consumers use a smartphone these days, and mobile shopping is on the rise with about 4 out of 5 consumers having used their smartphone for shopping. Many Web and mobile shops have integrated Facebook Connect, so users can log in using their Facebook ID and share information on products they like with their friends in the world‘s biggest social network. At secure.me, we’ve analyzed the biggest Web and mobile shops in the U.S. to identify ten apps whose users should be specifically mindful to avoid a personal data over-share.

Through our analysis, we found out that the majority of shops that have integrated with Facebook ask for permission to post on your profile, and some of the apps do so without your knowledge. Others collect big amounts of data that can be used for an exact ad targeting of the user who may or may not like this. As a user, it’s important to keep your eyes peeled for the data you share–with Facebook Connect integrated in many Web and mobile shops, you’re just one click away from revealing your most personal data and from announcing the gifts for your loved ones ahead of time, which really can be painful and an intrusion to your privacy.

Below you will find the list of the top 10 most privacy-intrusive shopping apps this holiday season. For information around Web and mobile shops‘ data collection behavior and activities, you can visit our App Security Network at https://apps.secure.me/

The 10 most Privacy-Intrusive Web and Mobile Shops this Holiday Season
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