New reports suggest that Netflix has started tracking "physical activity" for certain Android users, to test how it "can improve video playback quality when a member is on the go."
Last week a security researcher on Twitter noticed that the Netflix Android app had added a menu asking for permission for physical activity access.
This was confirmed by the Next Web, (via Gizmodo) which received a statement from Netflix saying that the tracking was "part of a test to see how [it] can improve video playback quality when a member is on the go." The feature is reportedly only being tested on some accounts, with no current plans to roll it out on a wider basis. The tracking feature seems to be limited to Android users for now, which may have to do with the Android Q updates that allows app developers to access sensor data or step counts. The developer page describes it as nothing more than to "classify the user's physical activity, such as walking, biking, or moving in a vehicle."