Despite the hurricane over Germany: Don’t use a weather app now – experts warn against it

Deepak Gupta February 17, 2022
Updated 2022/02/17 at 11:14 AM

Storm “Ylenia” is expected to peak between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. today. So far, wind speeds of up to 156 kilometers per hour have been measured. In some places, such as Berlin, a state of emergency has been declared several times. Other federal states such as North Rhine-Westphalia are closing schools across the board. Who now thinks by weather app However, being able to keep up to date and well up to date is faced with the next problem.

Deleting a weather app: “Can only advise against it”

The experts of the consumer portal draw attention to a very specific weather app. Although it has been downloaded millions of times, it should be used with caution. Once installed, it is able to track your movement: “AccuWeather: Weather Radar & Local Temperatures” (AccuWeather).

How popular and therefore all the more dangerous it is is shown by the current download numbers. So far, she was solely from the Google Play Store Downloaded over 100 million times. After all, users rate it with 4.1 out of five stars.

The experts from explain why you should still delete the app in their AppChecker: “With this app, we estimate the risk for your privacy to be very high”. They can therefore “only advise against” using it.

The verdict is correspondingly harsh, as AccuWeather is rated on the platform with a privacy score of 5. This stands for “very problematic” and is used, among other things, when “third-party providers read the location of the device together with a unique identification number”. From this, movement profiles can be created.

This Makes AccuWeather “Very Problematic”

In the specific case of AccuWeather, the experts complain that Amazon Inc. received location data in the test as soon as the app was granted access to it. In addition, one or more identification numbers were recorded, for example the advertising ID.

This makes it possible to link the data with existing data collections, movement profiles and draw conclusions about individual people. Overall, the application should also contact nine third-party providers. In order not to become so visible, you should delete the app if you use it.

Attention, deleting these apps can also be worthwhile

AccuWeather isn’t the only problematic weather app. Experts recently reported that the Android app “Weather Home” can take over cell phones unnoticed. Other programs come with dangerous Joker malware and can even steal your money. This includes eight Android apps that you should delete.

Tip for more security: When it comes to Messenger, the Signal app is considered “the best we have”.

Sources:, own research

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