Google's Response to Apple's Privacy Tracking Software Update

June 10, 2021 2 min read 1 Comment

Google's Response to Apple's Privacy Tracking Software Update

As we mentioned a few weeks back, Apple recently launched a software update that added privacy controls to the user.

With its latest software update, iOS 14.5, Apple allows its user to control which applications can track them or not. There are two main options that users can choose from.

Apple will ask if you want to allow the app to track your location. If you say no, the iPhone will prevent that app from accessing your IDFA data and if you say yes, the app will be able to collect data about your internet activities.

Alternatively, you can turn it off for all applications.

Google's Response

While not a direct response to Apple's iOS 14.5 upgrade Google's "pre-announcement" of an upcoming safety section in Google Play should effectively keep the two operating systems on a similar privacy playing field.

The new section of Google Play for Android apps will "assist customers in understanding what data an app gathers or distributes, how secure that data is, and other details that affect privacy and security."

Android already has a system that notifies users when apps request rights for location data, contacts, personal information, audio, storage files, and camera access. With this upgrade, everything will be a little more clear upfront, and everything will be displayed in Google Play.

What happens to Apps after this?

In their Google Play app listing, developers will be expected to share the following items with users: What kind of information is gathered and saved, and how is it used? That should be straightforward.

  • What kinds of information are gathered and stored: location, photos and videos, audio files, storage files, contacts, and personal information.
  • How the app or the developer/group that created the app uses the data. This could also include information on data sharing with third parties.

Unfortunately, even with these steps. There are chances that applications, companies, etc. can still find ways to find and use your location data to their benefit.

Without completely turning off your device, your best chance to move through the world and be unseen by any towers, companies, applications, etc. are to adopt a Faraday Sleeve into daily travel and commuting.

Brandon Lasko
Brandon Lasko

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Marie A Brent
Marie A Brent

August 12, 2021

Brandon, Kudos for providing this information!

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