What you need to know
- Researcher Douglas Leith from Trinity College compared data collection between Android and iOS.
- The tests found that Google collects 20X more data than Apple.
- Google is contesting the merits of the study, however.
Google is reportedly collecting 20X more data from Android devices than Apple does from iPhones.
As reported by Ars Technica, researcher Douglas Leith from Trinity College in Ireland has put together a side-by-side comparison between the type and amount of data that Google and Apple collect from their devices.
While both iOS and Android send data continuously to Apple and Google, Leith says that Android really stands alone with the sheer amount of data it collects from devices.
Google is pushing back against the report, saying that the research is based on faulty methods for measuring the data collected by each operating system. A spokesperson for Google has said the following:
Ars Technica reached out to Apple for comment but has not yet received a response.
It is basically common knowledge at this point that Android devices send more data to Google than iOS devices do to Apple. In addition to collecting less data, Apple also continues to introduce more privacy features so that the data is anonymous.
While this report is being contested, it will be hard for Google to close a gap as big as 20X.
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Okay one Android device collects and send 1 MB of data, yet on iOS it only sends out 52KB for the same 12 hour period. Yet in the US Android collectively gets 1.3 TB of data in 12 hours, and iOS collectively get 5.8 GB of data. So at first if its an individual device compared to IOS it show 20 times more data is sent by Android, but yet in the US, and with all the devices Android sends 1.3 TB of data, compared to iOS which sends 5.8 GB of data for the same time period. Yet its rought equal in terms of number of devices being used in the US. But overall it is not 2 times as much data is sent by Android vs iOS. So which is it? Does Android send 20 times more data, or 2 times more data overall compared to iOS? There is something not right from this guys study.
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