Free applications. Are they really free?

Today, a mobile phone is not only used to talk and communicate, but also has many other functions. It serves entertainment, allows you to settle many matters of everyday life. Many people download seemingly free applications to their mobile phones that do not require any payment. Is this indeed the case?

"Free" applications encourage you to share a lot of information about yourself. They collect data often unnecessary for the service which is provided.

Below there are some tips on how to consciously use the application on phones and securely share data.

Be well informed

When installing the application on your device, it is worth paying attention to the data it downloads from you. Moreover, in the information obligation, you should be provided with information about the controller, i.e. the entity that processes your data, for what purpose it does it and for how long it will process your data.

If your data is transferred to other entities, you must also be informed about it. In addition, the controller is also required to inform you about your rights.

Analyze what data you provide

Before installing the application, it is worth checking carefully what data on your device it wants to have access to. For example, does it ask you to enable phone location or multimedia access? Do you need to share contacts saved in the phone? While it is understandable to access the location when using the navigation or map, then marking the location in the game is rather not. T think carefully before you consent to access to your personal data, do you really need applications that interfere with your privacy very much. Alternatively, look for other similar functionalities, which, however, do not interfere with your privacy.

Don't lose your mind, give informed consent

Before installing the application, read carefully the privacy policy, read all information, regulations, etc. provided to you. Reading this text may seem time-consuming and unnecessary to you. Therefore, "saving time", you simply consent to the processing of data, not being fully aware what is happening with your data. Therefore, do not omit such information.

Express consent voluntarily but also consciously. Check what exactly you agree to and whether you can withdraw your consent as easily as you gave it. It is worth bearing in mind that you consent to the processing of your data for a specific purpose, e.g. in the case of maps, you consent to the collection of your location. However, any other purpose should require additional consent, for example when the controller wants to provide information about you to other entities.

Take care of children's safety

Importantly, if information society services are offered directly to a child (games, educational applications, streaming services targeted at children), then until they reach 16 years of age, consent to the processing of their data must be expressed or accepted by a parent or other person with parental authority or child care. The GDPR places great emphasis on protecting children who are not always aware of their rights and privacy risks.

Use only the applications that you need

You often download applications, acting on the spur of the moment. You use them several times and that's it. It is also worth reviewing those applications that have already been installed or are pre-loaded. Although you do not use all applications, they still have access to your data. What's more, they are subject to temporary updates, thus introducing new solutions and downloading further information about you. It may turn out that your data is transferred to other entities or the updated application has expanded the scope of information obtained.

2020-07-09 Metadane artykułu