Warning: Your phone may be watching you

Associated Press

LAS VEGAS

Your smart-phone applications are watching you — much more closely than you might like.

Lookout Inc., a mobile- phone security firm, scanned nearly 300,000 free applications for Apple Inc.’s iPhone and phones built around Google Inc.’s Android software. It found that many of them secretly pull sensitive data off users’ phones and ship them off to third parties without notification.

The data can include full details about users’ contacts, their pictures, text messages and Internet and search histories.

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