Google collects more data from Android users than Apple from iOS users, according to a new study report. Researchers at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, compared the data that the Pixel phone shares with Google to what the iPhone shares with Apple, and found that Google collects 20 times more data than the Apple headset. The study also found that even when “minimally configured” models, the Pixel and iPhone share data quite often, on average. According to a report, Google disagrees with the methodology behind the study.
The research conducted by Douglas J. Leith and his team from Trinity College Dublin on a Pixel mobile data protection handset manufactured by Google vs iPhone made by Apple against each other to see which manufacturer collects more user data. Pixel and iPhone models have been found to share data with respective manufacturers every 4.5 minutes on average. The data collected includes IMEI, hardware serial number, SIM and IMSI serial number, handset phone number and others, as well as telemetry.
When a user inserts a SIM into one of these smartphones, both Google and Apple are sent details. It was found that iOS sends the MAC addresses of nearby devices to Apple, as well as their GPS location. IOS users can’t give up on this and there seems to be almost no realistic way to prevent this. When they are not logged in while the two phones are sending IMEI, hardware serial number, SIM serial number, and phone number to the manufacturers, Google collects Android ID, Resettable Device Identifier or Ad ID, which is used for measurement and advertising (RDID / Ad ID) and DroidGuard key, which is used to certify a device. By comparison, Apple only collects UDID and Ad ID.
It has been found that Apple collects the user’s location, even when not logged in, as well as the local IP address, while Google does not. Google also collected a Wi-Fi MAC address until Apple did. Both operating systems send telemetry data even when the user cancels it. Within 10 minutes of launch, Google collects about 1MB of data, while Apple collects about 42KB. When out of work, Google collects about 1MB of data every 12 hours, while Apple collects about 52KB.
A report from Arstechnica, which first noticed the study, quoted a Google spokesman as saying that Google did not agree with the methodology of the study.
“We have identified shortcomings in the researcher’s methodology for measuring data volumes, and we disagree with the newspaper’s claims that an Android device shares 20 times more data than the iPhone. According to our research, these findings are excluded by an order of magnitude and we shared our problems with the methodology with the researcher before publication. He continues to say: “This study largely outlines how smartphones work. Modern cars regularly send basic data about vehicle components, their safety status and service schedules to car manufacturers, and mobile phones work in very similar ways. This report describes in detail those communications that help ensure that iOS or Android software is up to date, the services are working as intended, and that the phone is secure and working effectively. “
The report added that according to the spokesman, saying that an Android user could opt out of sharing telemetry data was “inaccurate”. Google believes that this data is critical for the Android device to work properly and that telemetry data is not covered by Android Usage and Diagnostics.
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