A majority of all apps violate the GDPR. This is the result of an analysis by the software company Usercentrics. According to this, 90 percent of 250 apps examined track data without user consent. Studies come to similar conclusions.
Nine out of ten apps collect user data without appropriate consent. This is the result of a study by the software company Usercentrics. The majority of all applications thus violate the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the European Union.
GDPR: Almost every app tracks data without consent
Usercentrics examined a total of 250 different apps in October 2022. 50 applications each come from the categories food, lifestyle, fitness and health, finance and gambling. According to the results, all 50 gambling apps violated the GDPR.
With a share of 84 percent, food apps still came out on top. But even in these categories, most applications collect personal data such as IP addresses and location information without the appropriate consent.
App providers risk fines and lose trust
The GDPR came into effect in May 2018. However, there seems to be anarchy in the app market in view of the EU’s data protection regulations. Very few are aware that the General Data Protection Regulation not only regulates cookie banners on websites, but also the data tracking of apps.
However, many providers simply do not comply with the GDPR. This is also evident from numerous studies. A study by the software company Appvosiry certifies 76 percent of one million apps examined as data protection violations.
A study by the University of Oxford comes to a similar conclusion. According to this, only 10 percent of the two million applications examined are GDPR-compliant. According to surveys, the app providers are now clearly losing consumer trust with their actions.
They also risk fines. In view of the numerous violations so far, however, these hardly seem to have had a deterrent effect.