Google has been quietly collecting messaging app and phone data

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

What you need to know

  • A new study found that messaging and phone apps were quietly sending your text message and call information to Google.
  • Both communication apps did not obtain user consent and did not offer users the opportunity to opt out, which could violate the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
  • The new findings were revealed by a professor of computer science at Trinity College Dublin.

In what could be another case of Data privacy breachGoogle’s Messages and Phone apps were found to secretly send text messages and call logs to their servers.

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