prepared a map in which they show how detailed the “Location History” is despite turning it off.
Now another research goes even further: According to their data dormant Android phone (with the Chrome browser active in the background) communicated location information to Google 340 times during a 24-hour period. Actually 35% of all the data samples sent to Google were location data – which is a lot.
According to Professor Douglas C. Schmidt, Professor of Computer Science at Vanderbilt University, who put together the study, an idle Android device communicates with Google nearly 10 times more frequently as an Apple device communicates with Apple servers. Take a look at the extensive 55 page report to find out what Google is actually really collecting about you.
Googles response to the entire hick hack is not really as one hoped. Instead of devoting itself to making it easier for users to keep their private data private they only changed some text on the dashboard. It now tells people that Google will track users’ movements even if they set the feature to “Off.”
Nonetheless Google will probably have to do more in the future: One person already filed a lawsuit after the Associated Press investigation. On top of that the Electronic Privacy Information Center sent a letter to the US Federal Trade Commission to look into whether Google has violated a 2011 consent order.