Android devices still track you when location services are turned off

Android devices still track you when location services are turned off

Therefore Google has access to data about individuals' locations and movements, even when their phones are turned off or disconnected from the Internet, which violates the privacy of smartphone users.

Google has admitted to collecting the location data of Android devices, even when users choose not to allow it. "Going ahead, we plan to carefully examine whether location information for Android smartphone users was collected and used without their consent, as well as to cooperation with global efforts as we determine the investigative responses to this issue in the USA, the European Union, Japan, and elsewhere", the commission said.

News website Quartz reported Android phones gathered information about nearby mobile phone masts and shared those details with Google. Smartphones in South Korea that us the Android operating system of Google including LG and Samsung devices represent over 80% of the overall market, shows data from IDC the research firm.

Organizations by law must be transparent with consumers relative to what they do with personal data, said a spokesperson from the UK's Information Commissioner's Office.

Google's spokesperson said, that "In January of the current year, we [company] starts looking into Cell ID codes as an additional signal to improve the performance and speed of the message delivery system".

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"We never incorporated Cell ID into our network sync system, so that data was immediately discarded", it said in a statement. 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.

Google says that the data had been collected to improve its message and notifications delivery, and had not been stored on servers at Google.

The data could be used to work out a person's position.

The benefit of having the address of the mobile phone mast to ensure message service reliability is not clear, but through a process of triangulation - the same used to assist when a user is actively using location services - the position of the user can be revealed down to a roughly 400m radius at a minimum, and often much more accurately in urban areas.

Basically, Google's explanation suggests the location tracking was done in order to enhance messaging services.

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