Google does not agree with the findings of academic researchers that collecting data on Android smartphones which has been flagged as objectionable by researchers is essential to provide the basic services of the devices.
Researchers at the University of Edinburgh, UK, and Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, claimed that the Android devices tested transmitted substantial amounts of information to multiple parties, including Google.
As explained in our google play In the Help Center article on services, this data is critical for basic device services like push notifications and software updates across a diverse ecosystem of devices and software versions, retorted. a Google spokesperson in a statement to BipComputer.
The spokesperson added that Google has collected information reported by researchers, such as a device IMEI, in order to deliver critical updates reliably across the ecosystem of devices and d Android applications.
Android Privacy Report
In their report, the researchers analyzed data sent by six variants of the Android OS, namely those developed by Samsung, Xiaomi, Huawei, True me, LineageOS and / e / OS.
Highlighting / e / OS as a notable exception, the researchers observed that sensitive user data such as persistent credentials, app usage details, and telemetry information is not only shared with device vendors, but is also shared. transmitted to several third parties, such as Microsoft, LinkedIn and Facebook.
Although occasional communication with OS servers is to be expected, the observed data transmission goes far beyond and raises a number of privacy concerns. There is no withdrawal from this data collection, the the researchers concluded.
Google, however, dismissed the claims, saying the behavior was not unexpected, since that’s how modern smartphones work.
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