It’s imperative that you stop Chrome from transmitting your Android device’s motion data

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Photo: dennizn (Shutterstock)– Here’s how to stop Google Chrome from being weird on Android. It’s no longer astonishing to hear that “Google is creepy with your data.” In light of the fact that Google and other firms routinely violate our privacy and security for financial gain, we simply accept it as a fact of life. There’s been an increase in the creepiness of Chrome recently, especially if you’re using it on Android.

Twitter user Mysk recently exposed Chrome’s shadiness as an app developer and security researcher. By default, Chrome shares your phone’s motion data with the websites you visit. Mysk tweeted about this. Not a good idea.

Why you don’t want your motion data to be accessed by other parties

To begin, as previously said, this is scary as all get out. Orientation and position are tracked via your phone’s accelerometer, which is a sensor on the device. This sensor allows you to convert between portrait and landscape mode, as well as track your phone’s motion. Fitness applications can track how many steps you take if your phone is within arm’s reach.

Because so many of us carry our phones about with us all day, they collect a lot of data about our movements. That motion data is readily available to any websites that you visit through Google Chrome’s architecture. It has been discovered that some websites employ accelerometer data to analyze ad interactions, to verify ad impressions and to track your device (well, duh). Websites don’t only want to know if you’ll click on an ad or not; they want to know how you physically engage with these popups. Those first two are infuriatingly dubious. Surely, there’s more to see? My camera can be tapped into to check what color shirt I have on.

Stopping Chrome from sharing motion data with other websites

Remove the app from your mobile device and start over. Kidding. I know that the great majority of Android users will not be interested in switching to a new mobile browser. However, if you’re concerned about privacy, you may want to switch to a more trustworthy browser like Firefox.

However, there are several advantages to using Chrome, particularly on Android (considering the platform is also designed and operated by Google). If you don’t want to take the most dramatic measure, you may simply change a setting to prevent Google from sharing this information with other companies. Using Chrome’s settings, Mysk points out, you may prevent Chrome’s motion-data sharing.

In this manner: Settings” may be accessed by tapping the three dots in the top-right corner of the program. Go to “Site settings” and then “Motion sensors” after that. To ensure that no more third-party websites may access your motion data, turn off the toggle here.