Android phones tracking you when location services are off

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Pixel-2-XL-main-1Mountain View’s operating system smartphones record data on where the device is located even though the feature is not active, no apps are used, and no Sim has been inserted. Google has confirmed.

For those who love privacy, the first thing to do is turn off geolocation. Deactivating functionality is synonymous with security. Or not: For those who have an Android smartphone seems impossible to get out of the radar. Your location can be tracked whether the service is turned off, or when you are not using any app. Even if the Sim has not been inserted on the phone yet according to Quartz website: as soon as you are connected to the Internet, your device sends data directly to Google. That has developed the operating system.

Since the beginning of 2017, Android devices (of any type, smartphones, and tablets are not specified models) collect the repeater addresses near them (although geolocation is off) and send data to Google. The result is that society is able to rethink our every move. At the expense of privacy. The practice was confirmed by Google itself, who contacted Quartz by mail explaining how information has been used in the past 11 months to handle notifications and messages. Although it is not clear how these addresses can be useful in improving the service. The spokesman also added that the data has never been recorded. And Big G will strive to secure its users privacy by the end of November, disabling cell storage.

And indeed, Google has never said it respected the will of users when they turned off the localization service. In the privacy policy, the company writes: “When you use Google services, we may collect and process information about your location. We use different technologies to determine it, including IP address, Gps, and other sensors that could, for example, provide Google data on devices close to you, wifi, and repeaters. ” Despite Big G’s assurance that data is not used unless it improves device performance, Quartz points out how they can be exploited by advertisers to label users. And thus gaining a commercial value.

(Source: Quartz)

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