Every time we talk about privacy the world starts shaking. Once because They catch a developer red-handed and in others because there are those who guarantee that their products are all respectful of users’ personal information. Even in the latter case, we must make a leap of faith and believe that this is going to be so.
So, as far as privacy is concerned, we are in the hands of companies that manufacture and develop products that “promise” us that they are safe and that they will not look beyond what is necessary. But in the heat of information like the one we bring you today, it seems that the outlook is less and less certain and we are already having fewer companies to trust.
Beware of Android installation
In this case, the analysis carried out by the Dublin’s Trinity College is not so much about different versions of Android over the years as specific facilities created by brands that manufacture their own models of mobile phones. According to the study found that even when the software is “minimally configured” and the phone sits on the table doing (apparently) nothing, the operating system is sharing “substantial amounts” of information to developers and software companies. apps pre-installed like Facebook, Google, LinkedIn and Microsoft.
As you know, those apps that we are already installed when removing the smartphone of the box (the bloatware lifelong) They are there by agreements of the manufacturers with those companies and for those that obtain some type of economic compensation or of another nature. And all of the above occurs even if we indicate to the operating system that we do not want a single bit of personal information to come out of the device.
All that data that is sent to these companies has to do with the IMEI number of the terminal, our advertising ID, etc., in such a way that those companies can identify who we are and continue to receive relevant data to follow up. For example, some versions of Samsung’s Android seem to use Google Analytics to collect some data, while the service push Google is used with the Microsoft OneDrive system application “ inside a Huawei model tested in the study.
In the same way, Microsoft’s Swiftkey keyboard sent the Google Advertising ID of the smartphone analyzed to the servers of Redmond, while Xiaomi sent the advertising ID of the Google user to its own servers. As you can see, a drain of personal information that should not leave the phone without our consent and that, apparently, seems a fairly widespread custom within the Android ecosystem.