An Analysis of iOS App Permissions

Mobile apps need data to function. That’s why app developers ask for varying levels of access to the information on your mobile device. Usually, it’s to improve functionality, but occasionally it lacks proper justification.

To better understand the use of app permissions and the information that app developers are trying to collect, we looked at the metadata within a sample of almost 100,000 popular apps across the App Store catalog. This sample was determined by looking at the apps that are installed within Wandera’s customer base, which has 2.5 million devices under management.

The metadata analyzed in this research comes from aggregated logs that do not contain personal or organization-identifying information. Read now to learn:

  • Top app categories requesting access to information
  • Key takeaways from the data collected
  • Recommendations for minimizing app request risk