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5 on Your Side: What does your APP say about you?

Posted December 20, 2010 9:46 a.m. EST

What does your APP say about you?

I am about as far as you can get from being a “techie.” Just ask our IT staff! There is little I can do with my computer without calling them for help. Same goes for my relatively new DROID Smartphone. Without my teenaged daughters and Jason-- the incredibly patient salesman at the Costco phone sales kiosk-- I would barely be able to get beyond turning it on.

Despite that, I do have a few apps that I’ve downloaded-- Pandora, Vlingo, Chomp-- that I really like.(OK-- Jason told me about them! I didn’t find them on my own!) But what do the app companies get out of it? INFORMATION! I think most of us realize when we use those apps-- we give up some privacy, but to what extent?

Check out what the Wall Street Journal found in a recent investigation

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In addition to the stories you see on TV, Monica is always looking for ways to help consumers find deals and avoid fraud. She'll blog about what you need to know here.