Monday, October 26

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Google uses Android to track usage of rival apps: report

Google reportedly uses an internal program called ‘Android Lockbox’ to collect information about how Android users interact with non-Google apps and services. The report comes from The Information (via The Verge) and details how the program works. Lockbox is part of the Google Mobile Services (GMS) package and allows Google employees to see “sensitive” data about other apps. That data can include how often users open those apps and how long people use them. Sources told The Information that Google used the system to keep tabs on rivals to its services, such as Gmail, or to monitor Facebook and Instagram usage. Further, the report suggests Google may have used the tool to plan the launch of a TikTok competitor call Shorts. Although Google employees can access information, The Informa...