Study finds that apps on Galaxy S and S II can collect private data, Samsung says they don’t
A recent study conducted in South Korea by Dong-A Ilbo and the Graduate School of Information Security at the Korea University has reportedly revealed that Samsung’s Galaxy S and Galaxy S II Android smartphones contain applications which can access and store private data.
According to Dong-A Ilbo, several apps on the Galaxy S, as well as the handset’s program monitor, can do that.
For example, a certain Mirror app “was found to have been designed to allow access to more than 40 functions of the smartphone including phone number lists, calendar information, location data, SMS messages, photos and recorded content stored in the mobile device.”
However, according to Yonhap News, Samsung responded with the following statement:
“Samsung never collected or used private information of smartphone users. All applications provided by Samsung have no ability to collect private data.”
As of October this year, Samsung has sold more than 30 million Galaxy S and S II handsets around the world. The Galaxy S II will be updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich next year, while the first Galaxy S may not get the update.