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April 23, 2011 Leave a comment
Android also collects users’ location data – researcher
It’s not just Apple that exposes data on the whereabouts of the owner of mobile devices running the iOS operating system – Google’s Android does it too, according to a controversial researcher.
Samy Kamkar said that Android Map exposes the data Google has been collecting from “virtually all” Android devices and Street View cars.
“Android Map exposes the data that Google has been collecting from virtually all Android devices and Street View cars, using them essentially as global wardriving machines. When the phone detects any wireless network, encrypted or otherwise, it sends the BSSID (MAC address) of the router along with signal strength, and most importantly, GPS coordinates up to the mothership,” he said in an entry on his site.
The “mothership” in this case was Google, he said.
my tick says…
” I doubt Steve Jobs nor Eric Schmidt would be interested to know the whereabouts of some chatterbox tick… errr “