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Google Following Android Users Not Using Location Services

  • Quartz, Wednesday, November 22, 2017 9:14 AM
Android-powered phones are collecting data about users’ location and sending it back to Google whether or not they’re connected to the Web, Quartz has learned. “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,” it reports. “The result is that Google … has access to data about individuals’ locations and their movements that go far beyond a reasonable consumer expectation of privacy.”

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