In the past 18 months QR codes and apps for restaurants and takeaways have replaced paper menus and card machine payments allowing customers to enjoy their food whilst reducing human contact.

Whether you are a fan of an ordering app or QR code menu, if you are a fan of eating out, there is a high chance you have had to scan your phone and enter your details to order your morning coffee or burger meal. We have noticed just how much QR codes have suddenly became popular again and highly visible even here in Ireland.

Let’s face it, food apps are taking over our phones and collecting our data as they go, but which apps are collecting the largest amount of data from us each time we order?

A new study by TechRobot has revealed the top apps and chain restaurants in the UK and US that are eating up our data each time we order:

The study reveals that:

  • Cafe Nero is the drinking up the most customer data of the chain restaurants analysed in the UK
  • There are five coffee chains that feature in the top 15 apps for data consumption in the UK
  • McDonald’s and Dominoes are in the top 5 apps in the UK saving consumers data – including your browsing history and personal ID
  • In the US, Caviar and Grubhub are the dining out apps that know the most about you
  • Dunkin’ and Chick-Fil-A both place in the top 10 most data invasive apps in the US

UK top 10 apps consuming the most data:

  1. Cafe Nero (68%)
  2. Paul UK (65%)
  3. Dominoes (50%)
  4. Wendy’s (47%)
  5. McDonalds (47%)
  6. Brewdog (42%)
  7. Costa (42%)
  8. Noxy Brothers (38%)
  9. Burger King (38%)
  10. Starbucks (38%)


US top 10 apps consuming the most data:

  1. Caviar (71%)
  2. Grubhub (71%)
  3. Postmates (68%)
  4. Uber Eats (68%)
  5. Subway (56%)
  6. Dunkin’ (52%)
  7. Chick-Fil-A (52%)
  8. Sonic (52%)
  9. Jack in the Box (50%)
  10. Whataburger (50%)

Worried about what data you are handing over then? Read more –  The security risks of dining out


By Jim O Brien/CEO

CEO and expert in transport and Mobile tech. A fan 20 years, mobile consultant, Nokia Mobile expert, Former Nokia/Microsoft VIP,Multiple forum tech supporter with worldwide top ranking,Working in the background on mobile technology, Weekly radio show, Featured on the RTE consumer show, Cavan TV and on TRT WORLD. Award winning Technology reviewer and blogger. Security and logisitcs Professional.

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