Android Devices Collect Location Data, Send it to Google
Earlier this week, researchers discovered that the Apple iPhone records users' location data, syncs it back to the host computer and stores it there in unencrypted, but invisible, files. What happens to that data in not yet fully understood. The Wall Street Journal points out that smartphones running Google's Android platform also collect user data but take it one step further. Security analyst Samy Kamkar reported that an HTC Android phone "collected its location every few seconds and transmitted the data to Google at least several times an hour. It also transmitted the name, location and signal strength of any nearby Wi-Fi networks, as well as a unique phone identifier." Google has said in the past that it collects cell phone location data in order to help generate the live traffic information it provides on Google Maps. The revelations this week have prompted concerns over user privacy.
Google Maps Improves Location-Sharing Tools
Google today made it possible for Maps users to share their exact location with friends and family. In Maps, users need only tap the blue dot (signifying their location) and select those with whom they'd like to share.
Facebook Messenger Gains Live Location Sharing
Facebook today made it possible for people to share their real-time location with others using Messenger. The optional tool is available to both Android and iOS devices.
Google Debuts 'Nearby' to Alerts Android Users to What's Close
Google today announced Nearby, a way for Android devices to show people relevant apps, web sites, and other information based on location. It takes the idea of the physical web, which displayed web sites of nearby businesses, a step further.
Google Further Automates Photos' Creative Powers
Google is improving its Google Photos service by boosting the product's ability to automatically create and annotate albums. Google says Photos will suggest new albums, featuring the best shots, after events/trips are synced online.
told you guise
C'mon folks, it's Google. If Apple is guilty of collecting location data, you know darn well the information-hungry company Google would be doing this too. I'm not really offended. I mean, with all the apps like Latitude, Facebook, Navigation, Google Maps etc. it makes sense that you're phone is collection location data. But the fact that Apple and Google are collecting it in a data base is another subject. I think fanboys of both Apple and Android can come to common ground on this matter considering that both companies are guilty of the same crime.
Its not that big deal
1. Apple is recording location info without the user's knowledge and with no apparent way to opt out
2. There is no way to remove the data from the phone, a 'clear all location data' so to speak
I guess it won't be 'that big of a deal' until we all become robot sandwiches.
The FCC or FBI will not be knocking on your door to find out where you have been last night.
Google asks for permission
What a surprise
From that surprise.