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New Study Proves Android Users Are More Likely To Have Their Data Tracked Online

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A new study is shedding light on the world of data tracking attempts and how Android users are at a higher risk in this regard than those making use of other devices.

Shockingly, stats proved how 200k data tracking attempts end up being made in just a month via a host of apps installed on the phone.

Those taking part in the study included developers who were behind a host of top-of-the-line operating systems like Spotify, LinkedIn, Waze, and beyond. There were close to 195k attempts made to better track users’ Android devices, the results revealed.

The data accumulated could target users in several ways such as pushing ads that go on to encourage them to purchase things online to those trying to shape some kind of political views via the likes of propaganda.

All sorts of users’ sensitive data including their caste, color, age, gender, race, or even health status of those present in the US are sent out to nations like Russia or even China as proven by this new report for the Council for Civil Liberties in Ireland.

It’s also interesting how an average mobile phone user has close to 80 platforms installed and only 30 of those are said to be active. What is more interesting is how platforms such as these are sucking information even when the user might not be active on them so that’s a whole worrisome affair altogether.

Another similar experiment was rolled out to see which servers were involved in terms of seeing where the device would be connecting after installing the leading 100 platforms through the Google Play Store.

Android devices tend to remain connected to all servers over a 37-period timeframe that keeps on happening. What is interesting is how a few connections in this manner are made respectively in places like China and even Russia. They are not uncommon but they tend to be a major reason for privacy issues, especially in those situations when the owner themselves are not aware or have failed to grant permission or even realize what’s going on.

Experiments run on this front have further revealed how such findings are true and that it’s getting more difficult with each passing day to walk away from such kinds of surveillance.

Simple acts like rejecting cookies or saying no to measurement insights as well as adding limitations for app installations cause people to find themselves stuck in this data tracking web without any prior consent taken.

The leading issue on this front has to do with not only having to deal with unnecessary ads but also ensuring that sensitive data that belongs to users is not used against them in any way, shape, or form.

For instance, any kind of private texts rolled out via Facebook would work as a form of evidence that could prove women guilty who tried to get abortions unlawfully in the US.

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Read next: EU Opens Second Investigation Involving TikTok’s Role In Breaking The Digital Services Act
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