Huq GPS location data sharing

Occurred: October 2021

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App analysis company AppCensus, alongside Vice's Motherboard, has discovered that location data merchant has been receiving GPS coordinates even when mobile users have explicitly opted-out of the collection of this data on individual Android apps.

Huq claims to collect and process over one billion mobility events every day.

While Huq appeared unaware of the vulnerability, the findings raise questions about the nature and effectiveness of Huq's customer/partner compliance checks, which it says it runs monthly.

Civil rights and privacy advocates suggest the problem reflects inadequate advertising and marketing industry data sharing practices and governance.

Operator: Huq Industries
Developer: Huq Industries, Kaibits Software, AppSourceHub

Country: UK

Sector: Technology

Purpose: Track user location

Technology: Location tracking algorithms

Issue: Privacy
Transparency: Governance; Privacy

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Type: Incident
Published: October 2021