“Smartphones are a goldmine of sensitive and personal information – it’s vital to understand how to maintain our control over this data. We’ve designed our recommendations to plug into a typical security policy,” said Dr. Giles Hogben, co-author of the report.
The report also highlighted less obvious risks, such as leakage of information through GPS data attached to pictures.
“Many users are unaware or do not recall that the [location] data is being transmitted, let alone know of the existence of the privacy setting to prevent this. Unintentional disclosure may help attackers to track and trace users and so allow stalking, robbery or hijacking,” the report said.
Professor Dr. Udo Helmbrecht, Executive Director of ENISA, said, “Given the growing importance of smartphones for EU businesses, governments and citizens, we consider it essential to assess their security and privacy implications.”
The full report is here.