January 2018, a Privacy International member of staff travelled alone to the Philippines to meet with one of our partner organisations. Arriving in Manila, they realised her phone was broken - a fairly big problem for someone who's on their own, 6,666 miles from home. They when to buy the cheapest phone they could find, a brand new MYA 2, a smart phone by MyPhone.
We decided to take a closer look at the MYA 2, once our colleague returned back to the UK. We were particularly interested in the phone's pre-installed apps (often called "bloatware"), what permissions these app make use of, and how they behave. The full case study and technical data can be found below.
Abstract Over the past few years, smart phones have become incredibly inexpensive, connecting millions of people to the internet for the first time. While growing connectivity is undeniably positive, some device vendors have recently come under scrutiny for harvesting user data and invasive private