I’m on vacation this week, and while most people read novels while on vacation, I catch up on data privacy articles and publications that I have set aside and haven’t had a chance to read. I just finished one that I thought was a quick and good summary of current data privacy issues entitled 5
When talking to colleagues and friends, it appears that folks do not understand how their smartphones work and the data that can be accessed through them. This prompted me to again give basic steps that can be used to protect personal information that can be accessed, legitimately and in an unauthorized manner through the settings…
By now most smartphone users are aware of location tracking used by both Apple and Android operating systems. Basic location tracking is a system which uses GPS data to know the phone user’s location. However, according to a recent article published by Quartz, Google’s data collection goes far beyond basic location tracking. Not only does the data collected go beyond simple location information, but the ‘Opt In’ service Google uses to collect that data, Location History, isn’t as truly Opt In as users might expect. According to Quartz, Google’s Location History underlies many of Android’s main apps, including Google Assistant and Google Maps. Furthermore, Opting In to Location History for one app may actually give many apps access to Location History’s data and the ability to send that data to Google.
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