What is the CamScanner app

In terms of privacy, this app ranks in the middle of the field. Third-party providers can receive a lot of data, but not particularly sensitive information such as address or health data. The main observations from the test:

In the test, the third-party provider Facebook received information about the use of the app (e.g. time, duration) with the advertising ID and a clear identifier for the test device. The associated information can be assigned to an existing personal profile, from which interests and preferences can then be derived.

Scans or documents that we created or edited in the test with the app were uploaded to the provider's server. This can be traceable, for example, with scanner apps. Since such documents can contain very sensitive information, you should only use the app if you trust the provider.

Note: Data transfers to hosting and cloud providers such as Amazon Cloud are usually assigned to the provider of the app.

In addition to the provider, the app contacts four third-party providers. All relevant information that was transferred in the test, as well as the owner of all contacted Internet addresses, can be seen in the table below.

Access all networks

android.permission.INTERNET

normal

Run at startup

android.permission.RECEIVE_BOOT_COMPLETED

normal

Take pictures and videos

android.permission.CAMERA

subject to approval

Google Play Billing Service (In-App Purchases)

com.android.vending.BILLING

normal

Get network connections

android.permission.ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE

normal

For system apps and preinstalled apps only

android.permission.WRITE_SETTINGS

normal

Deactivate hibernation

android.permission.WAKE_LOCK

normal

Change or delete SD card contents

android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE

normal

Read SD card contents

android.permission.READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE

normal

Install shortcuts

com.android.launcher.permission.INSTALL_SHORTCUT

normal

Run foreground service

android.permission.FOREGROUND_SERVICE

normal

Get WLAN connections

android.permission.ACCESS_WIFI_STATE

normal