Google has been at the center of privacy and data issues lately. Only a few days ago, the tech giant was sued for violating privacy policies for tracking user location without consent, even with the location settings being off. Now a recent study posted by Statista gives us an idea of how much data Google collects through both Android smartphones and iPhones, and it is a little unnerving.
The report analyses how many times Google and Apple servers receive data from smartphones during a 24-hour period, when the devices are both in use as well as in idle mode. According to the report, Android smartphones send data to Google 90 times in an hour when being used and 40 times when idle. That’s almost 5 times the data iPhones send to Apple when being active.
Apple collects data from iPhones about 18 times an hour when being used and only 4 times when being idle. Interestingly, Google collects more data from iPhones, compared to Apple itself when in use. Google collects data about 50 times in active mode and only 0.7 times on average when not being used.
While the numbers seem scary, Google has now challenged the findings of the report, calling them misleading. It states that the author of the report had a conflict of interest, because he served as a witness against Google in a copyright case between the company and Oracle.
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That said, it still doesn’t overshadow the continuous criticism the company has been facing lately, regarding the aggressive collection of user data. This of course includes, the report presented by the Associated Press Investigation this month that revealed Google to be tracking movements even with location settings turned off. Google was accused of using its services to record and store whereabouts without user consent.