A new study by the Me2B Alliance, a nonprofit that is “committed to empowering individuals to influence how technology treats people,” has claimed so Google‘s Android It is eight times more likely that the platform will send data from school apps to third parties at “very high risk” than iOS. For the study, the organization collected a “random sample of 73 mobile applications used by 38 schools in 14 states, covering at least half a million people (students, their families, educators, etc.) who use these apps. ”
These third parties include Google ad platforms, Facebook and more, with Google getting about 49% of the traffic and Facebook about 14%. In terms of high risk third party vendors, the study found that around 91% of Android apps shared student data with these parties, compared to 26% of iOS apps. According to reports, student data is also being shared with “very high risk third parties” with around 20% of Android apps being the culprits, while only 2.6% of apps on iOS are responsible for sharing, meaning that The Android apps are 8 times more likely to share with very high-risk third parties.
According to the report, the data sent to third parties typically contained unique identifiers (via Mobile Advertising Identifiers, or MAIDs), which enabled the profiling of students – including those under the age of 13 – via third-party advertising platforms.
It is also alleged that once they open that, student data will be shared with a third party AppEven if they weren’t signed in. According to the report, more than 95% of third-party data channels are active even when the user is not logged in.
The report called both Google and Google Apple for the ambiguous information in their respective app stories with which third parties the user data is shared.
It said, “People still have too little information about who they are sharing data with, and the app stores (Apple and Google Play) need to make that information clearer.”