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Google admits it tracks us even with location services turned off By Teri Webster

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Think Google can’t see where you are with its location services turned off?

Google tracks us even if we turn off location services, use no apps, and don’t install a SIM card.

The internet giant now admits it grabs data from Android phones with just an internet connection.

Quartz, a media outlet, explains:

Since the beginning of 2017, Android phones have been collecting the addresses of nearby cellular towers — even when location services are disabled — and sending that data back to Google. The result is that Google, the unit of Alphabet behind Android, has access to data about individuals’ locations and their movements that go far beyond a reasonable consumer expectation of privacy.

A spokesperson for Google reportedly said it used cell tower data to send push notifications and messages, but did not store the information. Google pledged to stop collecting the information by the end of November after Quartz called them on it.

“Android phones will no longer send cell-tower location data to Google, at least as part of this particular service, which consumers cannot disable,” the spokesperson reportedly said.

Is the information is collected under any other services?

“It is really a mystery as to why this is not optional,” Matthew Hickey, a security expert and researcher at Hacker House, a security firm based in London, said. “It seems…

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