Some Android Apps can Secretly Copy and Send User Photos to Remote Servers
Users of Android devices have been warned that certain apps can secretly copy and send images stored on the handset to remote servers without asking for permission. A security loophole grants some 3rd-party apps the ability to copy and send images without providing notification, as long as the device is connected to the Internet. In general, the photo file system in Android is designed similar to desktop platforms like Mac OS and Windows to make it more user-friendly. By default, images are stored on a microSD card, which make it easier for users to transfer images to a PC. However, apps don’t need permission to access images stored in internal storage. As more devices use only internal storage, some apps can access images more easily.