Google is killing off its Mobile Insights service, which showed carriers the signal strengths and connection speeds that their customers were getting. The data was aggregated, meaning it didn't show specific information about individual phone users, and it was gathered by consumers who opted in to sharing location history, usage, and diagnostics with Google.
Sources speaking to Reuters say that Google decided to end its Mobile Insights service over concerns about data privacy and worries that it could attract scrutiny from users and regulators. It's said that there were also concerns about ensuring data quality and slow updates from carriers.
Google spokeswoman Victoria Keough confirmed the end of the program but didn't elaborate on why it was being killed off, saying only that "product priorities" were the cause of the decision.
There have been lots of issues surrounding user privacy and security lately, including humans working for Google, Apple, and Amazon and listening in on users' interactions with voice assistants. Google was also caught earlier this year using an app to gather data on how people use their iPhone. All of those recent privacy scandals likely played a part in Google's decision to kill its Mobile Insights service.