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Still want Android? I certainly don’t think so

I just saw a potential new lawsuit that states that Google is collecting and downloading data for potential use on a phone that is not even actively being used. The article from the register talks about this hidden practice, and something in which Google needs to come out and tell people about. What type of crap are they trying to do now?

The complaint contends that Google is using Android users’ limited cellular data allowances without permission to transmit information about those individuals
that’s unrelated to their use of Google services.

Data sent over Wi-Fi is not at issue, nor is data sent over a cellular connection in the absence of Wi-Fi when an Android user has chosen to use a network-connected
application. What concerns the plaintiffs is data sent to Google’s servers that isn’t the result of deliberate interaction with a mobile device – we’re
talking passive or background data transfers via cell network, here.

“Google designed and implemented its Android operating system and apps to extract and transmit large volumes of information between Plaintiffs’ cellular
devices and Google using Plaintiffs’ cellular data allowances,” the complaint claims. “Google’s misappropriation of Plaintiffs’ cellular data allowances
through passive transfers occurs in the background, does not result from Plaintiffs’ direct engagement with Google’s apps and properties on their devices,
and happens without Plaintiffs’ consent.”

Google has a lot of explaining to do, and Android people need to understand this. If I were on that 300mb plan that I was on when I first started, even if I didn’t do anything with the phone, my data would just about be gone. That’s uncalled for.

Want to read more including linked material? New lawsuit: Why do Android phones mysteriously exchange 260MB a month with Google via cellular data when they’re not even in use? is the article, and its time to have fun. Let your voice be heard. Comment if you wish. The boards await you.

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Still want Android? I certainly don’t think so was released on November 15, 2020 at 12:07 pm by tech in article commentary.
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