To see exactly what your apps are doing with your data, ask for an OpenAudit.
OpenAudit is a standardized way of proving these claims, instead of just asserting them. Here is a simple tutorial on how it works. A claim must have references (either specific lines of code, or relevant documentation). Auditors then perform verifications on each reference to ensure they adequately support the claim. More relevant to Lockdown Privacy users, we also conducted an OpenAudit of Lockdown Privacy in April 2021. Here’s a snippet:
In this example, the reader clicked the claim that “user data […] is protected by modern encryption”, which shows a popup with the proof of that claim: three references that support it, and two auditor verifications per reference. OpenAudit is designed to show everyday users which claims have been independently verified, while allowing technical users to quickly dig into the details. Lockdown Privacy’s OpenAudit has a total of 582 references and 1164 verifications, all publicly viewable at https://openaudit.com/lockdownprivacy.
Today, users are forced to blindly trust that their apps (even privacy apps) won’t steal or leak their data. But how can you tell which apps actually respect your privacy, and which apps are just using slick marketing and making false promises? In an App Store plagued with fraudulent, scammy, and negligent apps, OpenAudit lets honest apps stand out by earning user trust through independently verified proof.
OpenAudit is open source and developers can use it to to audit their own apps for free at openaudit.com. And if you want to work on this full-time, we’re hiring! Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to join our mission of using transparency to make apps, services, and the web a safer and more trustworthy place for everyone.