2revenue dollars. Google Inc.s Android smartphones regularly transmit their locations back toGoogleaccording to data and documents analyzed by The Wall Street Journal.
Although it does not make the actual smartphones, Google engineers the operating systemsfor many models of smartphones.
Through its operating systems, called Android operatingsystems, Google creates and stores individual user location data and transmits that data back to its own databases. According to security analysts Samy Kamkar and Ashkan Soltani, anHTC model phone running the Android operating system collected its location
every few seconds
and transmitted the data to Google at least several times an hour.
(emphasis added). Google also transmitteda unique phone identifier, even though itpreviously has said that thedata it collects is anonymous. Id. The unique phoneidentifier (UDID) can be readily used to identify the name of the phones users.2.
Along with the UDID and location data, Defendants transmit other userinformation, including at least age, gender, income, ethnicity, sexual orientation andpolitical views in addition to income and parental status.
Further sources for data includethe phones camera, memory, contact list, and more than 100 others.
. Allthese data sources are Sensitive Information about users.3.
Fifty Google Android apps were tested by the Wall Street Journal todetermine whether they transmitted data from six sources: username and password, contacts,age and gender, location, phone ID, and phone number.
Of those tested, thirty-seven apps
Apple, Google Collect User Data
, by Julia Angwin and Jennifer Valentino-Devries, Wall Street Journal(WSJ), April 22, 2011 (hereafter
To explain by analogy, Google provides the operating system on many smartphones like Microsoft providesthe operating system on many computers.
Your Apps are Watching You
, by Scott Thurm and Yukari Iwatani Kane, WSJ, Dec. 17, 2010 (
Available at http://blogs.wsj.com/wtk-mobile/ (last visited 5/9/2011).
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