Google sued for using 260mb of cellular data per month to track Android users without permission

Google sued for using 260mb of cellular data per month to track Android users without permission

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 rolling out end-to-end encryption for RCS in Android Messages beta

Google is rolling out end-to-end encryption for RCS in Android Messages beta

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.

New lawsuit: Why do Android phones mysteriously exchange 260MB a month with Google via cellular data when they're not even in use?

New lawsuit: Why do Android phones mysteriously exchange 260MB a month with Google via cellular data when they're not even in use?

"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: We Agree Search Competition Should Be "Only 1 Click Away" – So Why Is It 15+ on Android?

Dear Google: We Agree Search Competition Should Be "Only 1 Click Away" – So Why Is It 15+ on Android?

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!

DuckDuckGo slams Google’s Android search engine auction as ‘fundamentally flawed’ after losing to Bing

DuckDuckGo slams Google’s Android search engine auction as ‘fundamentally flawed’ after losing to Bing

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.

Google says Android 12 will make using third-party app stores easier

Google says Android 12 will make using third-party app stores easier

The company says that “all developers selling digital goods in their apps are required to use Google Play’s billing system,” and it’s tweaking language in its payment policy to make that clear.

Android 11 — 5 New Security and Privacy Features You Need to Know

Android 11 — 5 New Security and Privacy Features You Need to Know

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's Verified Calls lets you know why a business is calling before you answer

Google's Verified Calls lets you know why a business is calling before you answer

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.

Apple and Google will alert you to COVID-19 contact

Apple and Google will alert you to COVID-19 contact

Apple and Google teamed up to develop push notifications that let iOS and Android users know if they might have been exposed to COVID-19.The companies announced the news on Tuesday and the effort is called Exposure Notifications Express.

TikTok reportedly violated Google's data collection policies by tracking the individual identifiers of Android users' smartphones

TikTok reportedly violated Google's data collection policies by tracking the individual identifiers of Android users' smartphones

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.

Grindr Seeks To Push Data Privacy Suit Into Arbitration

Grindr Seeks To Push Data Privacy Suit Into Arbitration

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.)

Google reportedly keeps tabs on usage of rival Android apps to develop competitors

Google reportedly keeps tabs on usage of rival Android apps to develop competitors

“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.

Google reportedly peeks into Android data to gain edge over third-party apps

Google reportedly peeks into Android data to gain edge over third-party apps

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.

Here’s How Google Tracks You

Here’s How Google Tracks You

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 sues Google over claims it illegally tracked location of Android users

Arizona sues Google over claims it illegally tracked location of Android users

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.

Noyb files complaint against Google under GDPR, saying Android Advertising ID can be tracked

Noyb files complaint against Google under GDPR, saying Android Advertising ID can be tracked

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 .

Google Play has been spreading advanced Android malware for years

Google Play has been spreading advanced Android malware for years

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.

Android phones will get the COVID-19 tracking updates via Google Play

Android phones will get the COVID-19 tracking updates via Google Play

Google has confirmed that it will use the Google Play Services infrastructure to update Android phones with the upcoming COVID-19 contact tracing system it is building in collaboration with Apple.

The De-Googled Android Fork is Making Good Progress

The De-Googled Android Fork is Making Good Progress

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?

Privacy activists beg Google to ban un-removable bloatware from Android

Privacy activists beg Google to ban un-removable bloatware from Android

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.

DuckDuckGo is Now a Default Search Engine Option on Android in the EU

DuckDuckGo is Now a Default Search Engine Option on Android in the EU

DuckDuckGo will soon be offered as an option for default search engine on Android devices across the EU.European regulators are forcing Google to present Android users with the option to choose their own default search engine.

Google Confirms Android Camera Security Threat: ‘Hundreds Of Millions’ Of Users Affected

Google Confirms Android Camera Security Threat: ‘Hundreds Of Millions’ Of Users Affected

“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.

Google will make file manager devs submit a form to get broad file storage access in Android 11

Google will make file manager devs submit a form to get broad file storage access in Android 11

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.

Google Maps Just Introduced a Stealthy New Feature That Users Will Totally Love. (There's Just 1 Catch)

Google Maps Just Introduced a Stealthy New Feature That Users Will Totally Love. (There's Just 1 Catch)

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.

Android Users: Update Signal Now to Prevent Eavesdropping

Android Users: Update Signal Now to Prevent Eavesdropping

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).

Buying a cheap smartphone? 7 things you need to know

Buying a cheap smartphone? 7 things you need to know

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.

Facebook: Remember how we promised we weren’t tracking your location? Psych! Can't believe you fell for that

Facebook: Remember how we promised we weren’t tracking your location? Psych! Can't believe you fell for that

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.

Confirmed: Google's Android Suffers Sustained Attacks By Anti-Uighur Hackers

Confirmed: Google's Android Suffers Sustained Attacks By Anti-Uighur Hackers

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.

Google Will Now Pay Anyone Who Reports Apps Abusing Users' Data

Google Will Now Pay Anyone Who Reports Apps Abusing Users' Data

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.

Snubbed by Google, Huawei is trying out a Russian operating system instead of Android

Snubbed by Google, Huawei is trying out a Russian operating system instead of Android

For the purpose, it will use 3,60,000 tablets which run on the Russian operating system---Aurora.The smartphone maker kickstarted a pilot programme where it will use a Russian operating system to replace Android.

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