Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

88% of Android apps syphon personal data to Facebook, Google and more

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Oscar Goodwin | 27 October, 2018, 20:01

The problem was acknowledged by a Google community manager in September, and some Android users have reported the app chewing as high as 24GB of data. For a lot of users, the app continued to use the mobile data, even when "Download via Wi-Fi" option was turned on.

While Google try to reconfigure the app to avoid the issue, users can protect their data by turning off background data usage.

Qwant, a small French search company that has been critical of Google, said in a statement on Friday that it was "satisfied that the European Commission's action pushed Google to finally give manufacturers the possibility to offer such choices to consumers".

There is apparently a Google News bug happening right now, to a number of users, where the app is using several gigabytes (seemingly overnight) in background data.

The Android App Bundle format lets developers upload all resources for an app to the Google Play store, which then takes care of delivering just the resources that are needed by a specific user and device. The relevant teams are now investigating and working towards a fix, and we'll be posting updates directly to this thread. It is recommended that you do the same if you have the application installed on your Android smartphone.

A new study has revealed that 90 per cent of all Android applications share personal data to Google, raising questions about the volume of information collected by ad-supported software and the ability for tech giants to create profiles of individuals. "Google you need to contact all service providers and sort out this appalling error and refund all those affected". This app includes a feature that allows the user to set maximum limits for the amount of mobile data that can be used, preventing overage charges. Among other things, it will also be able to find and get rid of duplicated files or images that have been stored on your drive, view all your files in one spot, and have them filtered by source. Google is now looking into the matter and is working on solving the issue. A extreme case stated that the user had to cough up as much as $385 where he saw Google News absorbing nearly 25GB of data. If you are in the United States, or another country that has unlimited data, it may not be as big of an issue.

Google News is chewing up huge amounts of data in one very annoying bug.

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