Android device tracking is Opt-in so all users are aware – take that Apple

• 25/04/2011

Google location tracking opt-in Android devices

The story of Apple iOS devices being tracked and sending you personal data back to Apple for whatever they wish to use it for was a big one last week. As always, when Apple gets blamed of something, they typically, or one of their fanboys, points the finger elsewhere (usually at Google) and says ‘what about them?’ Sorry guys, but Google is on that one like a business man on a blackberry.

This is what Google had to say over anyone thinking Google is doing what Apple is accused of;

All location sharing on Android is opt-in by the user. We provide users with notice and control over the collection, sharing and use of location in order to provide a better mobile experience on Android devices. Any location data that is sent back to Google location servers is anonymized and is not tied or traceable to a specific user.

In other words, all Android users are well aware of the location tracking and data report sending from Android software becaue when you first turn on an Android device, it asks you to setup the device to connect with your Google account, where one of the steps is shown in the image above and plainly asks you if you want this turned on or off, making it quite visible and asking your input. Not buried within the operating system like iOS devices are finding, without the users knowledge.

[Via – BGR | TechCrunch]

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