A dormant, stationary Android phone (with the Chrome browser active in the background) communicated location information to Google 340 times during a 24-hour period, or at an average of 14 data communications per hour. In fact, location information constituted 35 percent of all the data samples sent to Google.

“But it’s open!” Yeah, so is your data.

Google data collection research

8 thoughts on “A dormant, stationary Android phone (with the Chrome browser active in the background) communicated location…

  1. Rob Brennan “For comparison’s sake, a similar experiment found that on an iOS device with Safari but not Chrome, Google could not collect any appreciable data unless a user was interacting with the device. Moreover, an idle Android phone running the Chrome browser sends back to Google nearly fifty times as many data requests per hour as an idle iOS phone running Safari.”

    Its absolutely about Android (and Google).

  2. It looks like Chrome to me from the quote you supplied. I don’t use that either. Note also that it says when a “user is interacting with the device” even when on iOS and Safari, Google is collecting data on you. Less data, but data nonetheless. I think it is unwise to rely on iOS protecting you in the current environment.

  3. Rob Brennan If you’re not going to read the content being the link, I don’t know what it is you want from me. And since you can’t uninstall Chrome from Android without rooting the phone, I’m not sure how splitting hairs about which Google product is violating your privacy most is a particularly fruitful argument.

    And given Apple’s consistent stance on the side of user privacy, I’m not sure how any Android user can tell me to be leery of iOS with a straight face.