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Mobile Apps: Privacy Issues in India

Arrka's Shivangi Nadkarni Reveals Results of Study on Apps' Access to Data
Mobile Apps: Privacy Issues in India
Shivangi Nadkarni, CEO, Arrka Consulting

A new study shows mobile apps in India generally seek access to more data than apps in other nations, says Shivangi Nadkarni, CEO at Arrka Consulting.

The study by the consulting firm found the worst performers in terms of accessing data that could compromise privacy were mobile wallet apps and shopping apps.

"The mobile wallet apps in India took an average of 11.7 dangerous permissions, while shopping apps took about 10.3 dangerous permissions," Nadkarni explains in an interview with Information Security Media Group at the Data Security Council of India's Annual Information Security Summit in Delhi. In contrast, dangerous permissions for mobile wallet apps outside of India averaged 6.8, while the average for shopping apps was 6.5, she says.

"Dangerous permissions" are those that give access to information that can compromise privacy, such as location and access to camera, microphone and contact details, Nadkarni explains.

Nadkarni says the data protection bill being considered in India eventually could help curb access to information via apps.

In this interview (see audio link below photo), Nadkarni also discusses:

  • The state of mobile app privacy in India;
  • How Android apps compare to IOS apps;
  • Why the proposed India data protection law might lead to better privacy.

Nadkarni, CEO at Arrka Consulting, has over 22 years of experience in information risk and privacy, e-commerce and networks. She previously headed the global application security and identity management practice at Wipro and established India's first licensed certifying authority for digital signatures in collaboration at Sify.

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