Distance learning, like teleworking, has catapulted millions of people to use applications and platforms to study and work. Services like Zoom e Google Meet, just to name a few, have seen their own grow exponentially user base as they are still used to keep in touch with professors and colleagues.
Android is more greedy than iOS
An interesting study carried out by Me2B Alliance, a non-profit organization that focuses its attention on the relationship between man and technology, examined 73 applications used by 38 educational establishments in order to evaluate the amount of information shared with third party services. With a user base of around half a million students, Me2B Alliance studied how much information Android and iOS applications share with third-party services.
The data collected indicates that 6 out of 10 applications share information with external services, with Android in a much more awkward position than iOS. “The analysis found that most (60%) of the school apps were sending student data to a variety of third-party services. These included advertising platforms such as Google, to which about half (49%) of apps submitted student data, as well as Facebook (14%). – we read in the study. 91% of Android apps send data to high-risk third-party services compared to just 26% of iOS apps, and 20% of Android apps send data to high-risk third parties, compared to 2.6% of apps iOS.”
… But both could do more
The nonprofit, albeit applauding Apple’s initiative with the function TO (App Tracking Transparency) launched with iOS 14.5, does not fail to emphasize that the App Store and the Play Store do not provide clear and unique information with which third-party apps they share the collected data. The report once again points out how far there is still to go before users are clearly informed about what and how much personal information is shared with external services.