2nd security firm raises concerns about Cruz and Kasich apps

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Another computer-security firm is raising concerns about the potential for hackers to glean users' personal data from phone apps released by the campaigns of Republican presidential contenders Ted Cruz and John Kasich.

An independent analysis released Monday by Symantec determined that the "Cruz Crew" phone app could allow third parties to capture a phone's unique identifying number and other personal information. The company said the Kasich 2016 app could expose users' location data and information about other apps installed on the phones.

The Associated Press first reported on potential vulnerabilities in March after the computer-security firm Veracode performed detailed reviews of phone apps released by presidential campaigns from both parties. The Cruz campaign updated its app to resolve some issues, while a Kasich spokesman said the security experts were wrong.