“In ‘Google Data Collection,’ Professor Douglas C. Schmidt, Professor of Computer Science at Vanderbilt University, catalogs how much data Google is collecting about consumers and their most personal habits across all of its products and how that data is being tied together,” Rene Ritchie writes for iMore.

“A dormant, stationary Android phone (with the Chrome browser active in the background) communicated location information to Google 340 times during a 24-hour period, or at an average of 14 data communications per hour. In fact, location information constituted 35 percent of all the data samples sent to Google,” Ritchie writes. “For comparison’s sake, a similar experiment found that on an iOS device with Safari but not Chrome, Google could not collect any appreciable data unless a user was interacting with the device. Moreover, an idle Android phone running the Chrome browser sends back to Google nearly fifty times as many data requests per hour as an idle iOS phone running Safari.”

“An idle Android device communicates with Google nearly 10 times more frequently as an Apple device communicates with Apple servers,” Ritchie writes. “These results highlighted the fact that Android and Chrome platforms are critical vehicles for Google’s data collection. Again, these experiments were done on stationary phones with no user interactions. If you actually use your phone the information collection increases with Google.”

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MacDailyNews Take: If you’re interviewing someone for a tech position and they have an Android phone, don’t hire them. They’re too ignorant and/or stupid to work in tech.

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