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King James Bible - Daily Verse And Audio
Review date: April 20, 2022
There are a number of Bible apps available with tens of millions of downloads and reportedly questionable privacy practices. We couldn't review all of the Bible apps out , so we picked one to review to give users an idea of our concerns and what they should look for when choosing a Bible app. iDailybread's King James Version Bible app has over 50 million installs on the Google Play store alone. It is a wildly popular app that says it "keeps God’s teaching at your fingertips" by allowing users to study, read, and listen to the Bible at any time as it can be used without internet access. The app is free to download and offers a $5 a month subscription to use ad-free.
What could happen if something goes wrong?
What worries us about iDailyBread's King James Bible app? Well, for starters, it's concerning to us the company making the app is a bit of a mystery. iDailyBread is reportedly a Chinese mobile gaming company, and some such companies have a history of creating apps that do a lot of data collection. We raise this concern because there have been a number of reports, including this Buzzfeed News piece, laying out how too many Christian apps have targeted users for potential data profiteering, preying upon those who pray.
So they are collecting your information and sharing information with third parties for advertising purposes targeted at your interests. This isn't great and might not be what you expect when you download a Bible app to help with daily Bible study. As for opting out, they say "You may decline to submit personal information to any of our services, in which case we may not be able to provide those services to you." Which could mean you can chose not to give them your information if you chose not to use their services.
None of these flags make us feel good about your privacy as you use iDailyBread's King James Bible app. Maybe going old school is better with your Bible study? Advertisers, marketers, and data brokers will never know when and how often you crack open your physical Bible. Which means they can't target you based on how close they think you are to God. That sounds like a good thing to us.
Tips to protect yourself
- Study your physical Bible rather than this digital version that could be collecting a whole lot of your personal information to target you with ads.
Can it snoop on me?
What can be used to sign up?
You can only sign up with Facebook or Google.
What data does the company collect?
Name, email address, GPS location
How does the company use this data?
How can you control your data?
What is the company’s known track record of protecting users’ data?
No known privacy or security incidents discovered in the last 3 years.
Child Privacy Information
Can this product be used offline?
User-friendly privacy information?
Links to privacy information
Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?
Only Google and Facebook log-in is available
Who’s really behind the Bible app going viral around the world?Rest of World
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