Android, Chrome send 50 times the amount of user data to Google servers than iOS, Safari does?

Android, Chrome send 50 times the amount of user data to Google servers than iOS, Safari does?
A research paper written by Vanderbilt University Professor Douglas Schmidt claims that Google's servers receive 10 times the amount of user data from an idle Android phone as Apple's servers receive from an idle iPhone. This comes after a class action lawsuit was filed against Google for falsely representing how its Location Data and History work. The search giant recently made changes to its website that gives users a more accurate look at what Google is tracking.

In Professor Schmidt's paper, he says that an idle Android handset running the Chrome browser in the background sent location data to Google 340 times over a 24-hour period, or 14 times each hour. That happens to be 50 times the rate at which an idle iPhone running Safari sent data to Google. Apple's mobile browser doesn't send much data back to Google unless someone is actively using an iPhone. Android devices sent 4.4MB of data to Google servers, six times the amount that the iPhone sent to Google servers daily.

A scary part of the report notes that a "major part" of Google's collection efforts occur when the user of an Android device is not directly engaged with the handset. This is frightening considering that more than 2 billion people worldwide own Android powered mobile devices. Google also has the ability to match up anonymous data with data collected from Android devices, helping it create accurate profiles.

The report, in PDF form, can be loaded on to your device by clicking on the sourcelink below. It is a fascinating look at how Google collects information to figure out your interests, allowing it to serve customized ads that you might fight interesting. Also, Google checks your location coordinates at different time intervals to determine if you are walking, running, taking a bus, riding a bike or flying on a plane.

source: DCN (via PDF) via AppleInsider



1. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

And android users are proud of this that their data are use without their consent. Pathetic android users think they have the best platform and yet they are the products. Many agencies didn’t find difficulty in accessing their device cause they have backdoor to their cheap phones.

3. ahmadkun

Posts: 615; Member since: May 02, 2016

Okay .. i'll throw my phone and get an iphone, just to make you happy + having an expensive phone .. which allows me only to change the wallpaper ..

9. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Don't even waste time, the author is biased against Google and was on Oracles team of "experts" in their trial against Google.

13. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

There’s somthing call it jailbreak works better than root.

6. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1438; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

If you bothered to read this so-called research you'd quickly come to the conclusion it's not even a fair comparison between the two platforms or accurate conclusion that he makes based on his research. All it basically proves is that on Android devices Google can collect more anonymous data than on iOS devices, which quite frankly would've been absolutely shocking if it had been otherwise. However much Apple collects on iOS and through Safari is completely left open for speculation, because that wasn't the object of his research. This result is a little on the nose and as this person more than once seems to suggest, is all about making it seem like on Android the user is the product, but on iOS you're not, but offers no real data to accurately reflect that conclusion.

8. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It is a stupid hit piece on Google and that is about it. This is from the Oracle vs Google trial: "The final witness for the day was one of Oracle's experts, Vanderbilt University professor Douglas Schmidt." So this guy is an anti-Google shill through and through. This is a retarded study likely paid for by certain interested parties like Oracle and Apple.

11. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2451; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Even if that’s the case, is he wrong? I mean you can call it a hit piece the same way anyone would call any kind of report a hit piece, but the underlying question would be the same: can you provide evidence to the contrary?

20. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Just read the report, that's the most damning evidence against the report. He compares Chrome running in the background sending location data to Google to SAFARI sending data to GOOGLE. What kind of retarded comparison is that? He may as well compare how much car performance data BMW sends to Ford and how much Ford sends to Ford. He literally states that the Safari to Google only factors in when the user is actively using Google services online only. Otherwise Google gets no data and therefore, Safari sends a lot less data...NO SH*T. Honestly, read the report, I have no idea what he is actively peddling there. Even at the end, when he acknowledges other sources, they're online articles (not even reports) and some online polls. Google was in the news regarding collecting data and this is just a cash in attempt to get some attention. Mission accomplished though, since iPA and all the other Apple mouth pieces picked it up fast.

22. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1438; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

It's not about proving the contrary, but proving they are not the only ones. This study was purely done to make Google look bad, but in no way offers any comparison to either iOS, Windows Phone, Windows 10 or OS X. With nothing to actually compare it with how can the person make any legitimate claims about Google's data collection?

12. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Yes, and only they know is to get triggered when something critical like this comes out. Android is the alternative option where as iPhone is a obvious choice when it comes to smartphones on this planet.

18. lyndon420

Posts: 6827; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

When you call people pathetic etc...what exactly does that say about you??

23. Awalker

Posts: 1982; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Without my consent? I know Google is collecting my data.

24. Georgio

Posts: 259; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Your data its used as much as mine. And I don't care that google is using my data!! By the way ; my galaxy note is more expensive than your crap iphone anyway.

28. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

What makes you think it's without our consent? The data Google is getting from me, I don't care they are getting and I consent to it. Pathetic iPhone users who think they have the best platform, yet they are nothing more than hard cash for Apple.

2. Vokilam

Posts: 1278; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

You don’t have Android - Android has You.

10. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Doesn't Apple do that with their iOS wall garden, and they purposely don't support other platforms for some of their services and applications. So Vokilam Apple has you.

29. Vokilam

Posts: 1278; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Whatever, my joke was funny - yours isnt! You make no sense, since I jump back and forth easily moving my save data, email data, photos, music, and subscriptions to all services/apps/games between the platforms. This time, Yes, apple has me because they got my interest in their devices - its different and I like it. But you didnt have to go all "wall garden" on me - its bucha BS!

19. lyndon420

Posts: 6827; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Can't become a part of any platform without becoming a slave to it's rulers. Apple became the richest company in the world by attracting the fewest number of potential global users.

4. cmdacos

Posts: 4264; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

And this is why their services work so much better. Take all the anonymized data you want. Makes my life easier. If your worried, read the TOS and manage what you share. No big deal.

7. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

No, it is more important that people die in the Australian deserts using Apple maps, switch NOW.

14. kiko007

Posts: 7506; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Your extra salty today and I’m genuinely curious why.

17. lyndon420

Posts: 6827; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

K....that was funny wait - it's not funny when people die because of a seriously flawed mapping app. Apple going through all the trouble of trying to duplicate what Google has done with mapping will incur heavy costs. Question is why has apple decided to tackle such a project? Unless they plan to charge their users a monthly fee or something to offset the costs of such an endeavor, the only other thing that comes to mind is data. They're also putting more efforts into advertising. Pretty soon it may be hard to discern the differences between apple and google.


Posts: 202; Member since: Dec 08, 2012

He thinks if he turns off sharing options, his info doesn't get shared anyway

5. path45th

Posts: 406; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

Not all of Apple haters here... This silence is telling me something....

15. TechNeck

Posts: 656; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

This article is basically pointing out the common sense everyone pretty much knew about Android. Google is literally integrated into the Android OS, of course, there would be more instances where anonymous data is collected from users compared to people who own iOS devices.

16. kiko007

Posts: 7506; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I’m placing this article under the “No s**t Sherlock” banner. It belongs there.

21. sraj49

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 12, 2014

Please note that this is related to the amount of traffic also. The number of people using data on android and on chrome on other platforms is several times more than that on safari or others. So just the 50 times does not mean anything. No hypes please


Posts: 202; Member since: Dec 08, 2012

If it makes you feel better, Fakebook shares even more

27. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011 could argue that user experience is also better on android + chrome.

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