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These popular apps spy on your exact location

These popular apps spy on your exact location
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There are apps on your smartphone that track your location. That's not breaking news. But, do you know just how often these apps are homing in on your exact location? A new study found that your apps could be tracking you every three minutes, even when you're not currently using them.

Computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University found that dozens of popular Android apps collected device location (including GPS coordinates accurate to within 50 meters) an average of 6,200 times, or about every three minutes during a two-week study period, reports the Wall Street Journal.

The study found that Android apps like Groupon and The Weather Channel app requested your coordinates even when they didn't need that information to function properly.

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