After revealing how different apps can (and do) track users’ online activities via in-app browsing, a researcher has now launched “Inappbrowser” – a dedicated tool to help users know apps potentially breaching their privacy.
InApp Browser Tool To Detect App Privacy Risks
Recently, security researcher Felix Krause elaborated on how some apps possibly track users’ in-app browsing activities without consent.
The researcher initially reported this information with regard to iOS privacy and apps like TikTok and Instagram. However after further investigating the matter many other apps could potentially exhibit the same behavior.
Though not all apps implementing this practice may have malicious intent, users still deserve the right to know about such practices. Therefore, considering users’ interest and curiosity about this in-app browser tracking thing, the researcher decided to launch a dedicated “InAppBrowser” tool for the public.
InAppBrowser.com is designed for everybody to verify for themselves what apps are doing inside their in-app browsers.
To use the tool, users need to let the tool interact with the app they want to analyze. For example, if they want to see how Instagram behaves during in-app browsing, users need to share the tool’s link https://inappbrowser.com/ within the app, such as by sending it to someone via personal message or posting it on their own profile. Then, tapping on the link to open it inside the app via webview will show a detailed report about the command sent during in-app browsing.
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