AccuWeather sneakily got access to your location data, even when you turn off location access to its app. But after getting called out by a security researcher, the company is going to knock it off.
Security researcher Will Strafach discovered that Accuweather’s iOS app partners with a service called Reveal Mobile, which uses an iPhone’s wi-fi connection to track its precise location—even if the user has specifically opted out of sharing their location with Accuweather.
In testing AccuWeather’s app, Strafach found that it was surreptitiously shipping location data off to Reveal Mobile, including:
- Your precise GPS coordinates, including current speed and altitude.
- The name and “BSSID” of the Wi-Fi router you are currently connected to.