Mobile devices are a rich target for tracking and advertising companies. Most free and some paid mobile apps are either displaying ads or using various tracking mechanisms.
While not available for modern mobile platforms directly yet, Spybot on a machine that gets synchronized with an iOS device (like an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch) is able to scan iTunes’ local copy of the synchronized apps for illegitimate, and sometimes illegal, tracking software that is included.
Due to the nature of iTunes and iCloud synchronization, the iPhone Scan is unable to completely remove this software, and will instead inform you so that you have the choice of removing it directly on your device.
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