Thursday August 6, 2020

Google defends its data-gathering from CovidTracker users

Trinity College Dublin calls Google Play’s data collection practice ‘extremely troubling from a privacy standpoint’

Aaron Rogan

News Correspondent

@aarrogan
26th July, 2020
Google Play Services runs in the background for any app on Google’s operating system. It is not unique to the CovidTracker app, which has been downloaded by 1.4 million people

Google has defended its data-gathering from users of the HSE’s CovidTracker app, after Trinity College Dublin research descried the tech giant’s software as “extremely troubling from a privacy standpoint”.

A paper released by the school of computer science and statistics at Trinity last week said that while the app itself is not the issue, the requirement that Google Play Services be used on Android phones was a concern.

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