Google was quietly collecting your Messages and Phone app data

This article has been updated to make it clear that Google Messages transmits a partial SHA256 hash, making it possible to determine the message content only in the case of short texts.

What you need to know

  • A new study found that the Messages and Phone apps were quietly sending your text and call information to Google.
  • Both communications apps did not get user consent or offer users the opportunity to opt out, potentially violating the EU’s GDPR.
  • The new findings were revealed by a computer science professor at Trinity College Dublin.

In what could be yet another case of data privacy violation, Google’s Messages and Phone apps were found to be secretly sending your text messages and call logs to its servers.

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