February 1, 2016 9:21 am
Updated: February 1, 2016 12:15 pm

Data privacy expert weighs in on what to watch out for when downloading apps

WATCH: Global's Shannon Cuciz sat down with Computer sciences professor Noman Mohammed to discuss what to watch out for when downloading.


WINNIPEG – Many of us download apps on our smartphones and computers without realizing our privacy could be compromised.

Computer sciences professor Noman Mohammed sat down with Shannon Cuciz on the Morning News to discuss what to watch out for when downloading.

“All of these technologies are actually capturing data around us,” Mohammed  said. “It’s important that we understand what we are leaving behind”

Mohammed pointed out that cell phone censors contribute to collecting the data as well as app companies. He said credit cards and online browsing can also present privacy problems with data.

“Just think about if our cell phone is hacked what we are talking about right now someone can hear it,” Mohammed  said. “It’s important to understand what we are allowing these apps to talk from us.”

The professor suggests thinking twice before you download an app or press “ok” when adding new activities.

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