Google collects 20 times more data from Android than Apple does from iOS

Interestingly, both Android and iOS still send data even if the user chooses to install it without sharing any information.
Technology companies are paying more attention to privacy and collecting data from users. One of the few tech companies, Apple boasts that it can protect users more data than anyone else. A recent study by Douglas Leith from Trinity University shows that Google is collecting data more than 20 times from Android than Apple collects data from iOS users.

According to ArsTechnica, the study analyzed the amount of data sent directly to the companies operating the Android and iOS operating systems. The study not only measured the amount of data sent to Google and Apple through apps but also when the device was idle.

Interestingly, both Android and iOS still send data even if the user chooses to install it without sharing any information. “Both iOS and Android send data about the management companies, even if the user has privacy settings set to not share any data,” said researcher Douglas Leith. Both operating systems also send data back when the user does nothing.

While iOS collects data from its native apps like Siri, Safari, and iCloud to send it to Apple. The android operating system also pulls data from its pre-installed apps with YouTube, Google Messenger, Chrome, Google Docs, Clock, Safety Hub, and search engine, even when the user has logged out of the Google account.

“When the device is on idle mode, Android sends back to Google each block of 12 hours about 1MB of data, while iOS sends 52KB of data to Apple. In the US alone, Android collects an amount of data every 12 hours about 1.3TB. With the same amount of time, iOS collected 5.8GB of data” said researcher Douglas Leith.

A Google spokesperson said that both iOS and Android have to send data back to the management company, which keeps them up to date with the operating system and see if everything is working as expected…

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