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    An exclusive report from Reuters this morning reveals that for the past two years Google was offering anonymized user data to carriers around the world. The good news is that they've stopped; the bad news is that they did it at all, especially without their users' express consent.

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    Google’s Mobile Network Insights service, which had launched in March 2017, was essentially a map showing carriers signal strengths and connection speeds they were delivering in each area.

    The service was provided free to carriers and vendors that helped them manage operations. The data came from devices running Google’s Android operating system, which is on about 75% of the world’s smartphones, making it a valuable resource for the industry.

    It used data only from users who had opted into sharing location history and usage and diagnostics with Google. The data were aggregated, meaning they did not explicitly link any information to any individual phone user. It included data relating to a carrier’s own service and that of competitors, which were not identified by name.

    Nevertheless, Google shut down the service in April due to concerns about data privacy, four people with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.
    For the record, Facebook still offers a similar service to carriers, and in the USA carriers themselves have only recently stopped selling customer location data to third parties.

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    Isn't anonymized just a big yawn comparatively speaking?
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    It has been studied and shown that “anonymized “ data can be used with other information to identify individuals with alarming accuracy. Google is disgusting. Privacy is not taking my data and Selling it to the highest bidder , it is me not allowing them to have it period.

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    One more good reason to opt out of everything and never allow the Facebook app on any device.

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    I don't care about Google knowing where I am. I actually share location setting w. wife (and vice versa) so we now where each other is. Google does remind us, every month or two, that data is being shared.

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