On average, Google and Apple collect data from Android and iOS devices every 4.5 minutes.
According to a new study, Google gathers more data from Android users than Apple does from iOS users. Researchers from Trinity College Dublin in Ireland compared the data shared by Pixel phones with Google with that shared by iPhones and discovered that Google collects 20 times more data than Apple. Even though “minimally equipped,” the Pixel and iPhone models exchanged data very regularly, according to the report. Google, according to a report, does not agree with the methodology used in the study.
In a study on mobile handset privacy conducted by Douglas J. Leith and his Trinity College Dublin team, a Pixel phone made by Google was pitted against an iPhone made by Apple to see which manufacturer gathers more user data. It was discovered that on average, every 4.5 minutes, both Pixel and iPhone models exchanged data with their respective manufacturers. IMEI, hardware serial number, SIM serial number and IMSI, handset phone number, and telemetry are among the data obtained.
Both Google and Apple receive information when a user inserts a SIM card in one of these smartphones. The MAC addresses of nearby computers, as well as their GPS location, were discovered to be sent to Apple by iOS. Users of iOS devices are unable to opt out of this, and there seem to be few practical options for stopping it. While both phones transmit IMEI, hardware serial number, SIM serial number, and phone number to the manufacturers while not logged in, Google collects Android ID, Resettable Device Identifier or Ad ID (RDID/Ad ID), and DroidGuard key (used for device attestation). Apple, on the other hand, just collects UDID and Ad ID.
Apple was discovered to obtain the user’s location and local IP address even though they were not signed in, although Google did not. Apple did not obtain Wi-Fi MAC addresses, though Google did. Even if the user opts out, both operating systems send telemetry data. Google collects about 1MB of data in the first 10 minutes of service, while Apple collects about 42KB. Google collects about 1MB of data every 12 hours while left idle, while Apple collects about 52KB.
According to Arstechnica, who first reported on the analysis, a Google spokesperson says the company disagrees with the methods used in the study.
“We found inconsistencies in the researcher’s data volume estimation methodology and disagree with the paper’s statement that an Android system shares 20 times more data than an iPhone. These results are an order of magnitude off, according to our study, and we addressed our methodology issues with the researcher prior to publication.” “This research largely explains how smartphones work,” it continues. Cell phones and modern cars both transmit basic data about vehicle parts, their safety status, and service schedules to car manufacturers on a daily basis. This report outlines such communications, which help ensure that iOS or Android software is up to date, services are operating as planned, and the phone is safe and efficient.”
According to the article, claiming that an Android user can opt out of sharing telemetry data is “inaccurate,” according to the representative. This data is considered critical for the Android system to function normally, and it is not protected by Android Use and Diagnostics.