This isn’t surprising that if you use an Android phone your personal data might be in China.
If you read this article you will learn that budget Android phones purchased in the United States have been sending your personal information back to a server in China. It makes perfect sense that China is controlling its users behavior, so naturally their devices would have this installed. While the article said this was never meant for anything outside of China, why wouldn’t they want this information as well?
There isn’t a reason why someone who can gain information won’t gain information. To me this behavior by the Chinese government to gather this information is the same as any government that gathers information. It is one thing to stop crime by gathering intelligence, but it is quite another when you gather information with no benefit to the person who you are gathering from.
Like most things, most people will not become aware that their information is compromised until they get their accounts hacked or their information resold. For this reason, I never liked Linux/Android because those smart people who used it, were exactly the kind of people who were going to hack their customers in the future.
More importantly, when you don’t understand technology you really make yourself at the mercy of it. This is why I have said before that security needs to be baked into every product, otherwise someone will seek to benefit from the weakness to exploit what isn’t theres.
It seems amazing to me that this stuff continues to go on. Why don’t companies understand that when they don’t make security important, they just create an environment for chaos to happen. Some would say that they profit from that chaos and that is certainly true. There is so much garbage that happens in the technology world that is just someone trying to make a buck from hurting someone else.
So my suggestion would be if you have an Android phone buy an iPhone immediately.