A new scandal is brewing in the technosphere, this time the center of which is Google. According to the resource The Information, the Internet giant is watching how Android device users interact with competitive applications. Pretending to rely on the information, Google gets a competitive edge when it launches its services.
The competitor tracking software is internally named Android Lockbox. It collects “sensitive data” about how people work with other applications. For example, how often they are opened and how long they are used. It is claimed that this and other data was used by Google to prepare the launch of a competitor to TikTok.
Google does not deny that it has access to data about the use of third-party applications. However, the company has not replied whether the information obtained is used to develop and launch competitive services.