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Thursday, December 01, 2022

Google was silently collecting your Messages and Phone app data

Google was silently collecting your Messages and Phone app data

This article has been updated to clarify that Google Messages transmits a partial SHA256 hash, which makes it possible to determine the message content only in the case of short texts.

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  • A new study found that the Messages and Phone apps were silently sending your text and call information to Google.
  • Both communication apps did not obtain user consent or provide users with an opportunity to opt out, potentially violating the EU GDPR.
  • The new findings were disclosed by a computer science professor at Trinity College Dublin.

In what could be another case of a data privacy breach, Google’s Messages and Phone apps were secretly sending your text messages and call logs to their servers.

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