I am interested in the currently achievable levels of privacy on an Android device. As far as I understand it, the best one can do is not to activate a Google account. However, even then significant data is leaked to Google, as illustrated by a Florida law suite. There appears to be some controversy on the subject, as some sources claim location tracking only starts after users explicitly agree to send the information. Can someone shed some light on this? Is this location information sent to Google by default? On all types of smartphones?
Short of not activating a Google account, the second best option is to do the following:
- create a new, dedicated Google account and associate the device with it
- disable contacts, mail, calendar, background data sync and autosync (as described in this question)
If the account is only directly used to access the Market, what kind of communication takes place between Google and the device? Can anyone provide a URL to official ("looking"?) documentation on the subject?
In short, I am looking for an answer which provides a comprehensive list of the kinds of information exchange which take place between a cell phone with a new Google account and Google. If you provide a better strategy to reduce the amount of information shared (other than rooting), so much the better.