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Google said to be collecting data on rival apps to improve its own services

By Cookie Monster - on 25 Jul 2020, 12:00am

Google said to be collecting data on rival apps to improve its own services

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Google is reportedly collecting data from third-party apps to improve its own services. 

Sources told The Information that Google collects and stores the usage data of competing apps in the Android Lockbox service which does not require the consent of the app developers. While Google claims the usage data is helpful in providing features such as background apps management, The Information's sources claim Google relies on the data to make informed decisions for its own services. 

The sources said Google used the data collected from TikTok to plan its launch of a rival app in India. In addition, Google is also said to be monitoring the usage of rival email apps (e.g. Microsoft Outlook) and social media apps (e.g. Instagram and Facebook). 

Although Google may be entitled to monitor the usage of apps on its platform, the use of the data to improve its own services could be seen as anti-competitive behaviour.

Source: The Information via mspoweruser