Instagram topped the list of the most invasive apps that collect and transmit information about their users to third parties. This rating was created by pCloud, a cloud storage company for user data.
The company's research showed that Instagram collects 79% of its users' data, including search history, location, contacts, and financial information, which it then shares with third parties.
Instagram has 1 billion monthly active users, and the pCloud team is worried that Instagram is a hub for such a large amount of data of uninformed users.
The second aggressive application is Facebook, which collects 57% of personal data. LinkedIn and Uber Eats close the top three dubious leaders.
On YouTube, 42% of your personal data is sent elsewhere. On TikTok —36%.
Also, according to the study's findings, 80% of applications use personal data to promote their products inside and outside their system. Here, the main "criminals" are the same: Facebook and Instagram, collecting and using 86% of the available information to attract their users with ads.
Here is the list of the safest apps: