Reply to post: Re: Almost every app I consider for installation

Why does an Android keyboard need to see your camera and log files – and why does it phone home to China?

fidodogbreath Silver badge
Holmes

Re: Almost every app I consider for installation

But Google is finally doing the right thing, the only thing I question is how it could possibly have taken them so long!

Because Android is, and always has been, a user-tracking and ad-delivery system. Which should surprise exactly no one, since Google is, and always has been, a user-tracking and ad-delivery company.

Oh, and don't discount that 'innocuous' network permission as a tracking tool. Since GPS creeps people out, many, many apps now request "View WiFi connections" instead. That returns a list (with signal strength) of all APs within range of the phone. They can cross-correlate that info to a database of AP locations, which in turn will geo-locate the device almost as precisely as GPS (at least in urban areas).

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