Google caught receiving location data from Android phones

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The report states that Android devices were sharing their location even when there was no SIM card installed and the user disabled location services.

Quartz reported that since the start of 2017, Androind smartphones have been gathering info on the location of nearby cellular towers, and sent the data back to Google, without their users' unequivocal consent. The spokesperson has clarified that the user location data was never stored.

According to a Google spokesperson, per the report, the idea is to use the Cell ID codes as an additional signal to improve the speed and performance of message delivery, but the data was never used or stores.

By the end of November, Android handsets will stop sending cellular tower location data to Google for this objective, the company says. As of now, we are not sure about this and Google has reportedly confirmed to Quartz that starting November 2017, it will put end to this activity.

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Google has been collecting locations of cellular towers near to your device, even when your location services are turned off.

According to a tweet from Ashkan Soltani, a respected security researcher and the former chief technologist for the Federal Trade Commission (and advisor to the White House), that competitor was Oracle (orcl).

Google does a lot of bad and creepy things that often seem to benefit Google more than users.

Google and other tech giants including Facebook have come under fire from regulators and lawmakers in numerous countries, particularly in Europe, regarding their data collection practices and the massive amount of sensitive data it gathers regarding a person's life, habits and preferences. You can't stop it, you don't have to have used any apps, and as soon as you're back on the internet, the device relays data about where you've been back to Alphabet, Google's corporate parent and the maker of Android. It's an age-old debate, and while most web surfers on the world's leading mobile and desktop operating systems can live with the occasional online behavior analysis, cookie collecting and location tracking, you have to draw the line somewhere. Barely a year ago, Uber revealed that its app was collection user location data even after the ride was over. Since January, all different kinds of Android phones and tablets have been collecting addresses of nearby cell towers and sending all the data encrypted to Google's push notifications and messaging management system. Google Play Services are required to access numerous search giant's apps and the framework is pre-installed on a majority of Android smartphones targeted at consumers.

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