It’s a Tracking Device, Not a Smartphone

Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“I like to refer smartphones as voluntary tracking devices. Cellular technology provides your location to the network provide as a side effect. Smartphones can also leak your location through other means. But location isn’t the only type of information collected by smartphones. Android has a sordid reputation when it comes to data collection. Part of this is because Google’s primary business is collecting information to sell to advertisers. Another part is that handset manufacturers can bake additional data collection into their Android devices. Another part is that Android lacked granular application permissions until more recent versions, which allowed application developers to collect more information. Apple on the other hand has enjoyed a much better reputation. … However, Apple’s reputation isn’t as deserved as one might think.” (10/05/21)