I’m originally from Germany but I’ve been living in the UK for a few years. Yesterday I downloaded the Eurovision app and to my surprise the app greyed out the Germany option for the vote. I am not really interested in the music content but I was curious about the way in which they managed to tell where I was originally from. At the beginning I thought it was the App Store country I downloaded the app from (the German one). So I uninstalled the app, changed store (logging in with a different Apple ID registered on a different country store). Same thing. Then I tried VPNning to other counties, still the same. Does anyone know what they are using to determine the country of the phone owner? Can they access the IMEI? EAP-SIM authentication? This really caught my eye as I would be surprised if apps were allowed to access these kind of information.
1、The app doesn't know which store you purchased and downloaded it from.
2、They can't access the IMEI and UUID directly from the system.
3、They may get your EAP-SIM authentication data from your isp. And your mac address is fixed every time you link wifi. Android is better in this case, you can generate a random mac address.
The most common situation I have experienced is that the app will get your carrier, which is the API provided in iOS. Tiktok Line Apple News even Apple Watch's ECG feature uses this method to identify the user's location. When your sim card is in the phone, whether you use data or Wi-Fi or even in flight mode, the app can get your carrier information.
Another possibility is that your device language is German, and your app will bring
Accept-Language: XX-de in your HTTP request header.
And if you use a device for a long time, companies with various apps on your phone may sell information to each other. Large advertising companies such as Google facebook they have enough information to generate a UUID for you.