BBB recalls mobile applications and data privacy

SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) – It’s a concern for people across the country: high gas prices.

It costs Michael Saunders $140 to fill his van with gas.

With three vehicles in total, he has to make more room for higher fuel costs.

“Try to budget more for that and less for food or family outings, all family time,” driver Michael Saunders said.

High gas prices mean people may be looking for other ways to save, like apps that tell you where the cheapest gas is in your area.

While they can offer some useful information, Jessie Schmidt of the Better Business Bureau says to make sure you know what you’re signing up for.

The BBB says that many mobile apps request access to personal information such as your geographic location or your contact lists.

“If you share information with all these apps, what do they do with it? What are you going to give up to get? And do you really need to share this? said Jessie Schmidt, vice president of the South Dakota region for the BBB.

Schmidt says you should read a company’s privacy policies before clicking accept.

“All of this information can be used for better or for worse. It’s just that we have to actively decide whether we’re going to share that information with the company or not,” Schmidt said.

Saunders uses an app to find the best gas prices, but it only lets him track his location when he’s using the app, giving him another opportunity to save money at the pump.

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