John Leyden at The Register reports that security experts uncovered privacy concerns in mobile applications available from both the Barack Obama and Mitt Romney presidential campaigns. Researchers at GFI Software examined the Android versions of both products and are alarmed at the invasive nature of the offerings.
Obama for America and Mitt’s VP request permissions, access to services and data and demonstrate capabilities beyond product expectations. Each of the apps cross-posts on users' behalf and report back to base. More alarmingly, both apps slurp the details of users' contacts and log location data. The Romney app even requests permission to record audio for unspecified purposes.