Do you know where your smartphone is? Its makers do, and lots about you, too.
There was an ad campaign years ago with thetagline, “Do you know where your children are?” The campaign was designed to get parents to take an interest in their children and their activities to get better outcomes for the kids.
An article by Statista brought the old campaign and its tagline to mind, so I repurposed it for use with this article. Statista looked into just how often the two major OSs for smartphones, Android and iOS, contacted their host servers with updated information. Drumroll please while readers formulate your answers. Okay, time is up, please put your pencils down. Who did you pick as the OS that calls in most often? Android? iOS? Well, if you picked Android, you are a winner!
According to what Statista found, an Android phone will contact Google’s servers 40 times per hour, or once every 1.5 minutes, even when the phone is idle. Yikes! In normal use, that can increase to 90 times per hour, or once every 40 seconds. Contrast that with Apple’s product checking in 4 times per hour when the phone is idle and 18 times per hour when the iPhone is being used.
Before iPhone users get too smug, the article reports that Google collects even more data from iPhone users than Apple itself does so the iOS is not immune to data harvesting.
Google charges that the author of the study that Statista pulled their information from is biased, having testified against them in a court case between Oracle and Google. Still, Google does have the reputation of being a data hog, hoovering (sucking up information like a Hoover vacuum cleaner) up every bit of data they can find. On top of that, Statista notes that the AP found Google tracks the location of both Android and Apple phones even when privacy settings are set to block that practice. Let’s toss in another, “Yikes!” here.
We’ve written about the value of data before. Google seems to have perfected the craft of profiting from big data. That, in and of itself, is not necessarily bad. Companies do need to make money. But, when the company collects data without consent or awareness, especially when the user says they cannot, the line between permissible and unacceptable is crossed.
At this point, there seems little can be done to protect yourself from data collection. Most certainly turn off any features you feel intrusive such as tracking your location, sending in usage data, etc. When it comes to securing your communications, CRIP.TO has you covered. Our unique combination of custom hardware, encryption software, and communication services represent the best end-to-end encryption solution available to individuals, companies, and groups.
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