Android devices collect location data for Google despite privacy settings

November 22nd, 2017   decode   Android 7.1

Location sharing is one of these services that some users keep turned off for one of two reasons – either battery saving or privacy protection. But according to a research by Quartz, Android devices have been collecting and sending data even when the option was off.

Since the beginning of 2017, the data was gathered by cell towers and was used for managing push notifications or alerts.

According to Google, Cell ID codes help the cell tower to improve speed and performance of message delivery on Android phones. Quartz estimates that the location of basically all modern Android…

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