According to a research paper published by Vanderbilt University’s Professor Douglas Schmidt on August 15, Google’s Android phones are sucking your private life at a much higher rate than Apple’s iPhones—almost 10 times more, on average.
Schmidt explains that Google collects data in active and passive ways. Every time you sign in to any of its services, from Gmail to YouTube to Photos, you are actively sending information. The passive ways, however, happen without any user intervention or knowledge.
One data point: Chrome on Android is sending data back to the Mountain View mothership at a rate of almost 50 times as much as Safari on iPhone.
According to Schmidt, Google’s revenues increase in parallel to the refinement of its data collection, since this helps the company to better target its advertising. It’s the same privacy problem that plagues Facebook.