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Android users: Google is collecting your location data even if location services are off


Android phones are collecting users' location information, even when location services are disabled, according to an investigation by Quartz.

Android devices can gather location data and send it to Google even when location services are disabled and the phone has been reset to factory condition and apps, Quartz found. All the device needs to grab a user's location is a cellular data or Wi-Fi connection, the investigation found.

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Android devices have been sending location information about nearby cell towers to Google since the beginning of 2017, Quartz said, with Google getting pinged every time a user entered the range of a new tower. Even if the user actively turned off location services, Google can still access their location and movements without their knowledge. Google confirmed the practice to Quartz.

While never storing the location information, Google used the data to manage push notifications and...(continued)

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