Want some good advice? Stay off the internet for a week, don’t watch cable TV news, take longer walks, take a drive in the country. Oh, and ditch your Android phone because Google is tracking you on it wherever you go, gathering information about your online and personal habits, and then using that information to help manipulate your thinking.
Who agrees with me? None other than Liam Tung of ZDNot. The headline:
Want Google to track you less? Get an iPhone, ditch the Android
Whoa. What? That’s from an online technology publication that is about as pro-Google and anti-Apple as you can get. And we’re not just talking about advertising tracking. Google does more of that than Facebook. In this case, it’s just you and your smartphone sitting down doing nothing. Napping maybe. Or, doing something quaint. Like reading a newspaper.
A stationary iPhone sends data 50 times less frequently to Google’s servers than a stationary Android phone.
In other words, Android phones are phoning home to somebody 50 times more than an iPhone. Research from Digital Content Next shows the iPhone to be a rather quiet companion vs. Android phones which chatter incessantly even when you’re not using the device or going anywhere with it in your pocket.
Professor Douglas Schmidt of the aforementioned research:
In fact, location information constituted 35 percent of all the data samples sent to Google. In contrast, a similar experiment showed that on an iOS Apple device with Safari (where neither Android nor Chrome were used), Google could not collect any appreciable data (location or otherwise) in the absence of a user interaction with the device
Or put another way, iPhone does not collect any of the data that an Android Phone collects, but without Google’s Chrome running on an iPhone. Now, sometimes that information goes two ways– from smartphone to someone’s servers, or from those servers back to an app on the smartphone.
Google’s servers sent just over 40 requests per hour to the Android device compared with 0.73 requests per hour to the iPhone.
Ipso facto and alakazam– if you don’t want to be tracked as much while you’re online with a smartphone, ditch the Android device and switch to iPhone.
Our experiments show that a dormant, stationary Android phone (with Chrome active in the background) communicated location information to Google 340 times during a 24-hour period, or at an average of 14 data communications per hour
Pass it along. Android phones are snitches.
iPhones are not (so much). All that data collection from Google, Facebook, and other advertisers goes into a bunch of big piles of data, and from that, information is gathered to manipulate your thinking– politics, product advertising, religion, and worse– with messages perfectly designed to make you think the way someone else wants you to think.