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Google Stops Sharing Coverage, Speed Data With Carriers

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Aug 19, 2019, 8:52 AM   by Rich Brome

For two years, Google shared coverage and speed data, collected from Android phones, with network operators worldwide. Google shut down the program this April over concerns that it might attract scrutiny from privacy regulators, according to a report from Reuters. The data was only collected from Android users who opted in to sharing location history and usage and diagnostics with Google. Data shared with carriers was aggregated so as not to identify any individual users. The data was essentially a map of signal strength and data speeds. It included data relating to a carrier's own service and that of competitors, which were not identified by name. Google provided the service for free and many carriers found it useful for improving service.

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