Google's Privacy Policy lays Android Smartphones data open

By | March 3, 2012
Interesting implication about the new Google privacy policy: Android OS, being a Google product, gets to join the shared data pool of the new Google privacy policy. And that lays open a lot of data from the mobile device, whether users want to or not.

Another reason for me to not update my OS – I'm currently one of those users who does things like contact management outside of Google, and losing that independence on my smartphone doesn't appeal to me.

Reshared post from +Mark Mercer

The chutzpah of Goggle's spokesperson saying that Android users can still use their phones for calls, texts, and browsing without signing in. As if that is all we bought them for. Much of the basic SMARTphone functionality does not work without signing in to Google.

My Gingerbread phone doesn't have a proper contacts list without signing into a Google Account, something even a dumbphone has. It has no direct everyday access to the SIM contacts, just as an import. My original Android phone, the first-ever Android model (T-Mobile USA G1) still works, my wife happily uses it as an upgrade from an old feature phone, but it doesn't work at all unless you sign into Google. Not at all. Except for emergency calling.

We bought these Google-requiring devices under your old privacy policies of not data-pooling across everything. You changed the deal, Google. Howabout you buy me an iPhone?

#PrivacyPolicy #DefinitionOfChutzpah #ArrogantGoogle

Google ‘sneaking away citizens’ privacy’ says EU commissioner – Telegraph

2 thoughts on “Google's Privacy Policy lays Android Smartphones data open

  1. Sophie Wrobel

    +Zeev Bubis The last apple device I had was an LC3… with a super fast (at least at the time) external 8k modem. 🙂

    More seriously: Data is the new world currency. Google understands that well, and isn't afraid to go after it while the world (as far as politics, lawmakers, and trade commissions are concerned) hasn't quite woken up yet. Apple doesn't seem to be as far as Google is on this aspect, as they still focus on market lock-in as opposed to data analysis among the massive amount of data they have about you.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.