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AccuWeather iOS App Sends Location Data to Advertising Partner


Will Strafach, an independent security researcher, has discovered over the weekend that the AccuWeather iOS app sends location information to a data monetization firm named Reveal Mobile.

On its website, the company touts the ability to "convert mobile location signals into high value audiences" and "generate more mobile revenue, with or without ads," for its customers.

AccuWeather app sends data to Reveal Mobile every few hours

Strafach discovered the AccuWeather data collection streams on Saturday when he also tweeted his initial findings.

hello @accuweather I would delighted to learn why your iOS app sends my GPS long/lat and Wi-Fi router name/SSID to ""— Will Strafach (@chronic) August 18, 2017

Over the weekend, the researcher carried out more tests to verify the validity of his discovery.

"During a testing period of 36 hours, specifically while the AccuWeather application was not in the foreground, my test iPhone (located on a desk in an office...(continued)

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