Research reveals that Google collects 20 times more data from Android than Apple's iOS

Researchers have found that Android, the mobile operating system developed by Google, collects 20 times more data than Apple's iOS.

Mobile Handset Privacy: Measuring The Data iOS and Android Send to Apple And Google

Android sends 20x more data to Google than iOS sends to Apple, study says | Ars Technica

Research shows Google collects 20x more data from Android than Apple collects from iOS ―― 9to5Mac

In a recent study by Doug Leith and colleagues, computer scientists at Trinity College , Google compares data collected from Android users with data collected by Apple from iOS users, and Google is up to 20 times more than Apple. It became clear that we were collecting data.

Leith and his team analyzed the amount of telemetry data that iOS and Android send directly to developers. Investigate not only what kind of data Apple and Google collect from users via apps pre-installed in the OS, but also how the device behaves when it is idle. I have. In addition, the research team also investigated what data would be sent from the device if the option 'Do not share information with the company' was selected in the settings.

As a result of the investigation, the device sends telemetry data to the developer even when the device is idle on both iOS and Android, or even if the privacy setting is set to stop sharing data. It is clear that it was. iOS and Android send data to the developer when the user inserts the SIM into the device and makes the initial settings. Also, even if the terminal is idle, each OS connects to the backend server every 4 to 5 minutes on average and sends data.

For iOS, it automatically collects data from apps such as Siri, Safari, and iCloud and sends it to Apple. On the other hand, Android sends data collected from apps such as

Chrome, YouTube, Google Docs, Safetyhub , Messages by Google , Clock, and Search to Google even if you are not logged in to your Google account.

Both OSs send data immediately after the device starts up, but iOS sends about 42KB of data, while Android sends 1MB of data. Also, when the device is idle, Android sends about 1MB of data to Google every 12 hours, and iOS sends about 52KB of data to Apple every 12 hours. In the United States alone, Android collects about 1.3TB of data every 12 hours. The total amount of data that iOS collects in the United States during the same period is about 5.8GB.

When Ars Technica asked Google and Apple to comment on the survey, a Google spokeswoman said, 'We believe it is essential that both iOS and Android send and receive data to and from the developer. You need to keep it up to date so that you can be sure that everything is working as expected. ' On the other hand, Apple has not responded to requests for comment.

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