With “little configuration” and while resting idly, the phones would send device data to the developers of operating software and a select few third parties. That’s not even the worst thing. In most cases, users don’t have a way out of this data-pinging, even if they want to. The researchers pinned the largest share of the blame on “system apps” that are essentially pre-installed apps provided by the smartphone manufacturer to offer functionality including the camera app. Most of these apps are stored in the phone’s “read only memory” (ROM), implying that these apps cannot be deleted or modified without the user rooting their devices.
Have you searched your Android smartphone for apps that require a lot of monitoring permissions and cancelled them? It turns out that avoiding being tracked isn’t enough. Even if you switch off all types of tracking, Android cellphones capture data about you, according to a recent study. The assessment was created by Trinity College researchers in Dublin and is based on the data-sharing behaviours of some of the most popular Android smartphone handsets, such as Samsung, Xiaomi, and Huawei.
Also read: Apps On Apple iPhone Track You As Much As Android Apps, Oxford Study Reveals Unless the devices are rooted, they were sending back data to their parent company even if you never opened these applications.
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For instance, researchers found that Microsoft’s pre-installed apps like LinkedIn constantly ping back to Microsoft servers. This includes details about your device like its unique identifier and the number of Microsoft apps in the form of “telemetry data”, Gizmodo reported. Samsung and Xiaomi’s pre-installed apps like Samsung Pass were found to be collecting timestamps about each user’s usage of the apps, which was then routed through Google Analytics. EU Wants Apple’s iOS, Google’s Android To Provide Software Updates For Seven Years Most shared data includes event logs, device hardware information, a kind of identifier (adID).