Reuters reported on Monday August 19th that Google had closed a service it had offered to wireless carriers around the world, fearing that sharing data from users of the Android system might be checked by regulators.
The agency quoted well-informed sources as saying that the closure of the service which exposes wireless carriers to weaknesses in their network coverage – caused disappointment among companies that used the data as part of their decision-making process about where coverage could be expanded or upgraded. although the data shared with companies were anonymous which doesn’t reveal users’ identities, but the closure decision shows Google’s concern with the increasing focus in many countries around the world on data privacy.
Mobile Network Insights service – launched by Google in March 2017 – operated as a map showing coverage strength and communication speed provided by wireless carriers in each region. Google has been providing this service to telecommunications companies for free in order to help them manage their operations.
Reuters explained that the service was limited only to the users who agree to share the geographical location log and usage data with Google. Data shared with wireless carriers were aggregated, meaning that, they did not reveal the geographical location or usage data of any particular user.
It is worth noting that Google’s closed service is not the only service in this field, as wireless carriers rely on other tools, such as those provided by Facebook, called Actionable Insights, which appear to be still in use.