Android smartphone users be careful, as Google is covertly gathering your location information notwithstanding when you have disable location services on the device(Android Devices Still Track When Location Services Are Turned Off), uncovers an examination led by Quartz.
Online distribution Quartz observed Android phones gathering the addresses of nearby mobile phone poles and sending them back to Google. The details were gathered notwithstanding when location services were turned off on the phones, no applications had been installed and there was no SIM card in the phone.
“The result is that Google, the unit of Alphabet behind Android, has access to data about individuals’ location and their movements that go far beyond a reasonable consumer expectation of privacy,” Quartz reporter Keith Collins writes.
Google affirmed that it was gathering the data, which it refers to as Cell ID codes, yet said it was promptly disposed of, and that it no longer collects the location information.
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“In January 2017, we began looking into using Cell ID codes as an additional signal to further improve the speed and performance of message delivery. However, we never incorporated Cell ID into our network sync system, so that data was immediately discarded, and we updated it to no longer request Cell ID,” a Google spokesman said in a statement.
Its a dependable fact that Google monitors your phone’s location – a large number of the applications we utilize consistently work as well without location services turned on. In case you’re worried about your protection, you can advise your Android telephone to remove your locations from your Google Maps Timeline and quit keeping screenshots of your old ventures.
With no real way to quit, Google gathering this kind of information seems extremely disturbing for Android users and a concern from security point of view. Despite the fact that Google says the cell tower information is encrypted, it doesn’t mean it can’t be compromised by a hacker. The best way to stop it would be conceivable just when Google roll out improvements to Android.