Study finds Google collets 20x more data than Apple

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It’s a given that companies are constantly after your data. App developers, email services, operating systems and others make it clear in privacy agreements, though you may need to search through the fine print.

Big Tech can share your personal information with third parties with or without your knowledge. Some main culprits of this practice can be found in the app store. Tap or click here to see which apps share the most data with others.

Your iPhone or Android device continuously collects data and shares it with parent companies Apple and Google. This includes your location, account information, contact information, usage data and even health and fitness data. This is standard across both Apple and Google, but a recent study concludes that one collects much more than the other.

iOS vs. Android

The debate between iPhone and Android users will likely never end, but one of these tech giants has a new advantage. A researcher in Ireland compared Google’s and Apple’s operating systems side-by-side. The result showed that while your device is constantly collecting data, Google’s mobile OS collects 20 times more than iOS.

While that is a concerning issue, let’s look at what data both platforms collect:

  • Your phone’s International Mobile Equipment Identity, or IMEI. This 15-digit number is unique to every device and can help carriers and manufacturers track your phone if it is lost or stolen.
  • Your phone’s hardware serial number, which is another way to track it. This can also be used for service and support as well warranty factors.
  • Your SIM card’s serial number.
  • Your phone number.
  • Your device ID.
  • Telemetry data.
  • Cookies. Tap or click here for tips on deleting cookies from your phone.

Apple additionally tracks location and your local IP address, while Google does not. Google also collects Wi-Fi MAC addresses while Apple did not. Google stands out in how much data it collects, however.

For example, an Android phone collects about 1MB of data upon startup, while an iPhone does the same with about 42KB. Android exports around 1MB of data…