Oct 12, 2021
In Cyber Security
According to an academic study, a number of popular Android phones capture and share considerable amounts of data with third parties such as Google, Microsoft, LinkedIn, and Facebook, with no way for users to opt-out. Prof. Doug Leith of Trinity College Dublin and Dr. Paul Patras and Haoyu Liu of the University of Edinburgh looked at data sent by Samsung, Xiaomi, Huawei, Realme, LineageOS, and e/OS, as well as data sent by six Android OS variations made by Samsung, Xiaomi, Huawei, Realme, LineageOS, and e/OS. With the exception of e/OS, the study revealed that even when the device is idle and minimally configured, it transmits "significant amounts" of data to the OS developer and third parties who have pre-installed system programmes. All of the phones tested, with the exception of e/OS, collect a list of all the apps installed on a cellphone. This included potentially sensitive data about the user's preferences. Most devices come pre-installed with third-party system programmes like Google, Microsoft, LinkedIn, and Facebook, which discreetly collect data with no way to opt out. Prof Leith stated, "I believe we have entirely overlooked the vast and continual data collecting by our phones, for which there is no opt-out." "We've been focusing too much on online cookies and apps that aren't behaving well."