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Magazines and News Mobile apps track their users more than any other app

Magazines and News Mobile apps track their users more than any other app

Last updated 15th Dec 2022
Disclosure
  • Magazine mobile apps lead in tracking users.
  • Google is planning to improve on privacy measures.
  • Mobile app tracking is vital in targeted ads.

The world is transitioning to digital status. As a result, most people are adopting mobile apps to enable them to operate. Magazines and News outlets have devised a way to reach their target market by creating apps. Yet, data from BanklessTimes.com reveals that mobile apps of news and magazines had the biggest amount of trackers as of 2022. The findings were from research done on various categories of mobile apps.

The mobile apps of news and magazines on average have two first-party trackers and 26 third-party trackers. Thus, magazine apps have the most trackers compared to other app categories evaluated.

"First-party data trackers can track user activity and keep information locally on the visited app," says Bankless Times CEO, Jonathan Merry. He adds that, third-party data trackers send user info to firms and other external parties. Thus, giving them an edge in targeted advertising.

The examined mobile apps had the potential to use 12 third-party trackers on average. Yet, social media apps had the potential to use only four third-party trackers on average.

The number of usable third-party trackers decreased as examined apps increased.

Google's effort to restrict mobile app tracking ability

Recently, Google announced that they are keen on protecting users' privacy. The digital Ad sector is about to undergo a paradigm shift as it follows Apple in making moves to enhance customer privacy.

The firm intends to set the bar higher for user privacy. Also, it plans for software engineers and enterprises to reach mobile consumers while limiting data sharing.

Advertising ID, a unique identifier for Android devices, lets marketers track all users' actions across their apps. Therefore, it gives them a complete picture of their interests and behaviors.

But, they won't implement the reforms immediately. Besides, Google has stated that it will "give considerable warning ahead of any future modifications." The corporation has given little hints about how the restricted ads will appear.

Google's decision follows Apple's plan to limit user monitoring on iPhones last year. It's now mandatory for all iOS apps, from health apps to games, to get consent every moment they monitor a user. More than two-thirds of iPhone and iPad owners opt out of the tracking apps.

Meta has already taken a financial hit from Apple's privacy initiatives. This month, the business admitted that the privacy improvements would cost it $10 billion this year. Thus, contributing to a record price plunge, wiping almost $300 billion from the company's market value.

According to IDC, Android powers 85 percent of all mobile phone users worldwide.

Targeted advertisements

Google is currently part of Alphabet's invented Marketing ID. It uses algorithms that enable marketers to target clients based on device activities. Last year, it indicated it would shift away from Marketing ID on smartphones and restrict the usage of third-party analytics in its Browser.

Advertisers depend on the present monitoring systems, Marketing ID, and cookies. It gives them a clear picture of their clients.

The looming changes imply that many marketers will have less insight into prospective clients. If a publisher is trying to showcase their businesses, the target ads improve the audience, thus informing them on what best to sell.

However, privacy experts have slammed targeted ads as intrusive.

Elizabeth Kerr

Elizabeth Kerr

Elizabeth is a financial content specialist from Manchester. Her specialities include cryptocurrency, data analysis and financial regulation.