Yelp

Retest Observations

We retested this app on 19.02.2019. The app still exhibits the behaviour documented below.

Disclaimer: Additionally the tested app may still share data with other third parties. This is outside the scope of this work.

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Yelp is an app for finding local amenities and services

From the Google Play Store page:

"Yelp has over 135 million restaurant and business reviews worldwide. Whether you’re looking for a new pizzeria, a great coffee shop nearby, a new salon, or the best handyman in town, Yelp is your city guide to finding the perfect places to eat, shop, drink, relax, visit and play. "

Observed Behaviour

 This documentation demonstrates actions taken by the test user and the apps subsequent responses.

Test user action 1: The user taps on the application icon, which opens the application
Response from app: The application is initialised and the following data is sent and received by the app:

Immediately after the app is opened, the following data is sent to graph.facebook.com (Graph)

The following GET request was made:

GET https://graph.facebook.com/v3.1/97534753161?fields=supports_implicit_sdk_logging%2Cgdpv4_nux_content%2Cgdpv4_nux_enabled%2Cgdpv4_chrome_custom_tabs_enabled%2Candroid_dialog_configs%2Candroid_sdk_error_categories%2Capp_events_session_timeout%2Capp_events_feature_bitmask%2Cauto_event_mapping_android%2Cauto_event_setup_enabled%2Cseamless_login%2Csmart_login_bookmark_icon_url%2Csmart_login_menu_icon_url&format=json&advertiser_id=474364c6-e9cf-4971-8dd2-b1dc3c605450&sdk=android HTTP/1.1

With the response

 {
  "supports_implicit_sdk_logging":true,"gdpv4_nux_enabled":false,"gdpv4_chrome_custom_tabs_enabled":true,"android_sdk_error_categories":[ {
    "name":"login_recoverable","items":[ {
      "code":102
    }
    , {
      "code":190
    }
    ],"recovery_message":"Please log in to this app again to reconnect your Facebook account."
  }
  ],"app_events_session_timeout":60,"app_events_feature_bitmask":5,"auto_event_setup_enabled":false,"seamless_login":1,"smart_login_bookmark_icon_url":"https:\/\/static.xx.fbcdn.net\/rsrc.php\/v3\/yh\/r\/HyQ4Fq_iGUX.png","smart_login_menu_icon_url":"https:\/\/static.xx.fbcdn.net\/rsrc.php\/v3\/yR\/r\/xi3BPJ134MF.png","id":"97534753161"
}

Without any further user action, the app sends the following request to graph.facebook.com

format:                       json
sdk:                          android
event:                        MOBILE_APP_INSTALL
advertiser_id:                474364c6-e9cf-4971-8dd2-b1dc3c605450
advertiser_tracking_enabled:  true
installer_package:            com.android.vending
anon_id:                      XZ4e0f5a61-8cf9-40fe-93b4-67126270f77e
application_tracking_enabled: true
extinfo:                      ["a2","com.yelp.android",21030003,"10.31.0-21030003","8.1.0","Nexus 5","en_GB","GMT","",1080,1776,"3.00",4,13,8,"Europe\/London"]
application_package_name:     com.yelp.android

The app receives the following response from graph.facebook.com:

 {
  "success":true
}

Test user action 2: The user makes further interaction with app
Response from app: No futher data is sent to graph.facebook.com

Test user action 3: The user closes the application
Response from app: No futher data is sent or received by the app from graph.facebook.com

 

 

Notes and Commentary

Note 1: In the videos below, the clocks between the VirtualBox Virtual Machine and the Phone handset are not synchronised.
Note 2: The phone videos are split into multiple parts due to a 180 second limitation in Android Developer Bridge screenrecord command

Date Tested
01/12/2018
App Version
10.31.0-21030003
Number of App Installs (according to Google Play Store at time of analysis)
10,000,000+
Facebook SDK Version
4.37.0
Opt out of Ads Personalisation (Google Settings)
Not Enabled (Default Setting)
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