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Android phones collect location data when GPS is off, send it to Google

23
Nov
2017
Android phones collect location data when GPS is off, send it to Google

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Android phones have been collecting user data even when the GPS function is turned off, Google confirmed following an investigation by Quartz Media.

Starting this year, Android phones have accessed data on users’ locations, without their consent, by collecting addresses from cellular towers in the area for a relative position of the device. Data collection was still possible and took place even though the user wasn’t using apps on the phone or the device was missing a carrier SIM card.

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