Published: Sat, August 03, 2019
Tech | By Constance Martin

This is why Netflix is tracking user movement and activity on Android

This is why Netflix is tracking user movement and activity on Android

When the online tech company, Next Web, reported the issue, Netflix said that it was "part of a test to see how [it] can improve video playback quality when a member is on the go". "Only some accounts are in the test and we don't now have plans to roll it out", a Netflix spokesperson told the website.

While this would make sense, I'm not entirely sure that this is one of those cases where Netflix really needs to know when we're walking and watching.

It comes simply weeks after a report offered on the Federal Commerce Fee's PrivacyCon discovered that at the very least 1,000 Android apps have been harvesting private knowledge from customers telephones - whether or not they had given permission or not. It was a surprise because the video streaming service never asked for permission to access your physical activity before last week. This feature allows Android phones to feed data to apps like Google Fit and track their movement and steps. Netflix could use the data to monetise the service in other ways.

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Netflix is gathering knowledge on how a lot a few of its Android-using clients work out. It could be relying on Android Q's physical activity recognition permission to anticipate whether you're in motion and adjust its buffering accordingly.

It's still unclear what Netflix intends to do with your physical activity data.

Netflix isn't 100 percent clear on whether it's decreasing the streaming quality when a member is on the move or increasing it. This is just speculation though, as Netflix hasn't explained the specifics of what it's doing with activity data during this test.

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