As Google Play and the Apple App Store boast more than 4.7 million apps combined, safeguarding consumer data is of paramount important.
But new research from Pixalate the ad fraud intelligence company, reveals that 66% of Android and 78% of iOS apps do not have an address of registry.
Apps originating from Cyprus, a common shell company location, saw over 2.5 million downloads, which is the twice that of any other app country of registry.
Some 70% of Android apps had at least one dangerous permission and the US are leading the offence with 77% of US-based Android apps having dangerous permissions.
The most common dangerous permissions included reading and writing of external storage, location access, camera access and read phone state.
But app downloads have spiked, particularly during times of COVID-19 when they collectively saw more than 347.6 billion downloads by the end of the first half of 2020. That’s a 6.3% rise between Q1 to Q2.
iOS downloads spiked even higher at 11.6% between quarter to some 984 million by H1 2020.