Android phones send device, user ‘identifier’ data to manufacturers & Big Tech firms offering ‘pre-installed’ apps, n…

According to the study, proprietary variants of Google’s Android system developed by popular vendors like Samsung, Xiaomi, Huawei and Realme send “substantial amounts” of information to these manufacturers as well as third party firms whose apps come pre-installed in these devices. In the study, which was published on Monday, researchers from Trinity College Dublin and the University of Edinburgh found that the data silently collected by these companies was linked to “long-lived identifiers” like the device’s IMEI code (the unique number linked to a device’s SIM card slot) and other hardware serial numbers.

Link: Android phones send device, user ‘identifier’ data to manufacturers & Big Tech firms offering ‘pre-installed’ apps, n…
via http://www.rt.com

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