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Posted 25 February 2012 - 09:04 AM

Free app sniffs out aggressive ad networks on Android
Lookout's Ad Network Detector reveals app conduct serving ads and collecting info
By Gregg Keizer
February 23, 2012 03:39 PM ET

Computerworld - Lookout Security today launched a free program that scans Android devices for evidence of apps that use any of 35 different ad networks, and tells users what kinds of ads will be displayed and what user information those networks collect.

The app, Ad Network Detector, is a follow-up to an earlier program Lookout released two weeks ago, Push Ad Detector, that scanned Android smartphones for signs of only six ad networks.

Ad Network Detector is Lookout's response to the rise in very aggressive behavior by ad networks that some developers rely on to make money on their for-free Android software.

"The intent of this product is to clarify for users the behavior of applications that display ads," said Derek Halliday, senior product manager for security at San Francisco-based Lookout. "And two, to show users what privacy and information collection apps and their ad networks are doing. We're trying to provide transparency."

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