One other thing that the lawsuit brings up is that Google sends preloaded tokens that represent ads to Android mobile users, but these ads sometimes aren’t even loaded even though Google counts the impression.
Google is directly offering RCS chat services through its Android Messages app to anybody who installs it and uses it as their default texting app, which partly bypasses a carrier rollout that, at times, has ranged from sluggish to incoherent to broken.
"Google designed and implemented its Android operating system and apps to extract and transmit large volumes of information between Plaintiffs’ cellular devices and Google using Plaintiffs’ cellular data allowances," the complaint claims.
Dear Google, one of the most repeated lines you’ve used to fend off antitrust inquiries is to say search competition is “only one click away.” The recent House Antitrust Subcommittee report notes that “in an internal presentation about [Microsoft] Internet Explorer’s default search selection, Google recommended that users be given an initial opportunity to select a search engine and that browsers minimize the steps required to change the default search provider.” Finally, something we can agree on!
Microsoft’s Bing search engine has beaten out competitor DuckDuckGo and will now be offered as an option for Android users during setup in select European countries, according to the results of Google’s most recent default search engine auction.
After a long wait and months of beta testing, Google last week finally released Android 11, the latest version of the Android mobile operating system—with features offering billions of its users more control over their data security and privacy.
Google Google on Tuesday said it's rolling out a new Verified Calls feature in its Phone app for Android devices in an effort to separate calls you actually want to answer from spam and robocalls.
Google and Apple have both banned apps from collecting MAC addresses, but researchers told The Wall Street Journal that TikTok did so until November last year by exploiting a bug.
Attorneys for Grindr also claimed user Robert Bergeron's allegations that the app "sold" Google Android users' personal data — including the sexual orientation and exact geolocation of its largely LGBTQ user base — to the "highest bidder" do not amount to concrete harms under New York state consumer protection laws.Access to case data within articles (numbers, filings, courts, nature of suit, and more.)
“Since 2014, the Android App Usage Data API has been used by Google and Android developers who have been authorized by Android OEMs or users to access basic data about app usage—such as how often apps are opened—to analyze and improve services,” a company spokesperson said in an email to The Verge.
Antitrust 101: Why everyone is probing Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google An internal team that tracks the worldwide usage of Google's first-party apps "also has used Lockbox data on third-party apps to show executives how Google services were performing compared to rivals," sources told The Information.
The information Google gets from you: According to Google, only three kinds of personal data are collected from its users: Things you do Things you create Things that make you “you” How Google gets all your data: Your digital persona grows the more you use Google products to search for stuff, read and send email, browse the web, use apps, and especially if you own an Android mobile device.
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has filed a lawsuit against Google over allegations the company illegally tracked Android users’ location without their consent and even when the location tracking features had been manually disabled, according to a report from The Washington Post.
A privacy advocacy group called Noyb – European Center for Digital Rights has filed a legal complaint with the Austrian Data Protection Agency against Google under Europe’s GDPR law .
Researchers from security firm Kaspersky Lab have recovered at least eight Google Play apps that date back to 2018, a Kaspersky Lab representative said, but based on archive searches and other methods, the researchers believe malicious apps from the same advanced group seeded Google’s official market since at least 2016.
Therefore, an idea came to mind: why not fork Android, remove all the Google features, even low level, such as connectivity check, DNS…, replace default apps with more virtuous apps, add basic online services, and integrate all this into a consistent form that could be used by Mum and Dad and any people without tech or expert knowledge?
The concern surrounding bloatware hinges on the fact they exist without the standard Android security model, with pre-installed apps able to access the microphone, camera, and location by default.The letter calls on Google to allow users to remove pre-installed bloatware, including all related background services.
“Our team found a way of manipulating specific actions and intents,” Erez Yalon, director of security research at Checkmarx said, “making it possible for any application, without specific permissions, to control the Google Camera app.
This means that file managers will have to ask Google for permission to access the external storage, much like how apps requesting SMS/Call Log permissions have to ask Google.
That said, as big a deal as this was, on Friday, Google Maps announced it's finally started to roll out something more consequential in the long run: Incognito Mode.Back in May, Google had said Incognito Mode would be rolling out on Android first, followed by a version for iPhone.
Photo: ShutterstockAccording to a late-September bug report from Google’s Project Zero team, an issue with the popular covert messaging app Signal, on Android, allowed any attacker to essentially eavesdrop on a person’s device (via audio, not video).
Academic research on pre-installed apps has concluded that “the supply chain around Android’s open source model lacks transparency” and that this “has facilitated potentially harmful behaviours and backdoored access to sensitive data and services without user consent or awareness”.We think that Google could do more to address the privacy and security concerns with pre-installed apps, for instance by banning pre-installed apps that can’t be deleted, by increasing transparency around the Android certification process and by better enforcing their own rules.
That’s right, under pressure from lawmakers and users, both Google and Apple have added new privacy features to their upcoming mobile operating systems – Android and iOS – that will make it impossible for Facebook to hide its tracking activity.
NurPhoto via Getty ImagesJust a day after Forbes reported that Google and Microsoft operating systems were under assault by the same hackers who tried to pilfer private data from Apple iPhones of Uighur citizens, it's been confirmed that Androids of the target Muslim communities have been under heavy attack.
In the wake of data abuse scandals and several instances of malware app being discovered on the Play Store, Google today expanded its bug bounty program to beef up the security of Android apps and Chrome extensions distributed through its platform.