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    New research reports data collection by Android and iOS without the possibility of users canceling
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    According to the latest research conducted by researchers at Trinity College Dublin and the University of Edinburgh, a wide range of data is available on Android-based devices without the possibility of the user refraining from collecting it. This in-depth analysis of a collection of popular Android mobile phones has shown that the collection and sharing of a significant amount of data, with various centers, including independent companies, is imposed on users without the possibility of cancellation. A similar study on iPhones suggests that Apple products violate users' privacy just like Android.

     New research reports data collection by Android and iOS without the possibility of users canceling

    Doug Leith, Professor at Trinity College Dublin, with Paul Patras and Haoyu Liu The University of Edinburgh conducted the survey on data submitted by six versions of Android developed by Samsung, Xiaomi, Huawei, Riley, LineageOS and e/OS (the last two are Android-based free and open source operating systems). The researchers found that proprietary versions of Android send significant amounts of data to operating system developers and companies such as Google, Microsoft, LinkedIn and Facebook, even when minimal configuration and no use of phones; Companies whose applications are usually installed by default on users' devices and the possibility of canceling and choosing from data collection are not considered for them. Of course, the e/OS platform is an exception to this rule. New research reports data collection by Android and iOS without the possibility of users canceling.

    Other key findings of recent research With the exception of the e/OS operating system, all smartphone manufacturers surveyed in this study compile a list of all the applications installed on the user's phone. Providing this information is potentially very important because it can show the user's interests to the manufacturer and record the use of apps such as mental health, Muslim prayer program, Republican news program and the like; While it is not possible for the user to cancel this collection. New research reports data collection by Android and iOS without the possibility of users canceling. Contains; The process is similar to the function of cookies to track people's activity on web pages. In addition, the data appears to be shipped outside of Europe and in Singapore. </p> <p> On Huawei phones, the Swiftkey keyboard also sends application usage details to Microsoft during use. For example, when a user is typing text in the search bar or looking for contact information, this data is provided to the servers of the American company. </p> <p> Samsung, Xiaomi, Riley and Google also collect IDs such as hardware serial number along with user-resetable ad IDs. This way, when a user changes an ad ID, the new ID is reconnected to the same device, potentially reducing the ability to use ad IDs at the user's request. In addition, programs developed by other companies, including Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and LinkedIn, which are installed on most phones from the beginning, collect data secretly without the possibility of user cancellation. </p> <p> According to another finding in this study, there may be a data ecosystem in which data collected from the phone is shared by different companies. Recent research, on the other hand, clearly shows that privacy-friendly platforms, including e/OS, basically do not transfer any data without user consent, and can therefore be used as a model for newer, more secure versions of the Android operating system. . </p> <p> Apparently, Apple's iOS platform does not offer better conditions than Android; In general, neither Android nor iOS platform is better than the other in terms of privacy, according to a university paper published by Oxford University researchers. Another independent study conducted by an American expert in 2020 shows the same level of security in iOS and Android applications in terms of user data. </p> <p> </p> <img src=

    Of course, in the recent study by the University of Oxford, it should also be borne in mind that this review IOS 14.5 was introduced in April 2021, which made it possible to choose to track user activity and use privacy-related items in iPhone apps.

    Although the Oxford University Research Group has promised to evaluate the "impact of changing such privacy policies in future articles," their published article goes beyond how they track users. The group's researchers analyzed code, permissions and network traffic on 12,000 free apps that were randomly selected from apps released or updated after 2018 on either platform. These apps run on either an iPhone SE with iOS 14.2 or Google's Nexus 5 with Android 7 Nokia.

    The results of this analysis show that nearly 89% of all Android apps have at least one tracking library. Which in almost all cases is Google Play services. The figures for iOS apps were not much different from Android, with 79% of apps having at least one tracking library (most likely Apple's SKADNetwork) tracking ads that users were interested in.

    In addition, about 62% of iOS apps use Google's AdMob Ad Tracking Library. At the same time, 54% of iOS apps and 58% of Android apps use Google Firebase to collect data. In addition to these libraries, Facebook trackers were present in 28% and 26% of Android and iOS applications, respectively. Thus, the results of this group's work clearly showed that most applications on both operating systems (90% of Android apps and more than 60% of iOS apps) share device owners' data with Google-owned tracking companies. Shared.

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