An idle Pixel phone shares 1MB of personal data every 12 hours with Google, the iPhone is no better: study

Android smartphones and Apple’s iPhone send data to their respective companies every 4 and a half minutes on average, The Irish Times reports.

Data is shared even when you are not actively using your phone.

The report is based on a study published by Professor Doug Leith of Trinity College Dublin.

Although Google phones reportedly collect more data than iPhones, the two companies appear to have similar data collection practices.

To be more specific, the study found that an idle Google Pixel smartphone sends 1MB of data every 12 hours, compared to 52KB for the iPhone.

Details such as hardware serial number, Wi-Fi MAC address, IMEI, phone number, and SIM insertion are among the data shared by smartphones.

Apple, which presents itself as pro-privacy, also appears to be collecting excessive data.

IPhones not only collect data on smartphone activity, but also spy on nearby devices. When someone connects to a Wi-Fi network, the Wi-Fi MAC addresses of other phones on the network are also sent to the Cupertino giant.

There is no way to exclude yourself from data collection and there is concern that companies may link device data to other sources, such as web browsing.

Google says that device data is necessary to keep the operating system up to date.

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