Google busily scrapes data all day from the phones of Android users in particular – their location, shopping habits, music, searches and more, a Vanderbilt computer science professor found. Doug Schmidt was able to track the practice for a study commissioned by Digital Content Next, a trade group representing digital publishers. Google owns both Android and the Chrome search engine and, according to Schmidt’s study, a dormant Android phone running Chrome in the background sent location information roughly 14 times an hour.

Data requests to Apple phones occur far less frequently, he found.

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