Android Found To Always Send Location Info To Google

  • Android Found To Always Send Location Info To Google

Android Found To Always Send Location Info To Google

You can't stop it, you don't have to have used any apps, and as soon as you're back on the internet, the device relays data about where you've been back to Alphabet, Google's corporate parent and the maker of Android. The spokesperson said that even though Google tracks location data in Android devices, it has never stored or used the data that was collected.

Quartz reported on Tuesday that, since the start of the year, Android phones have been registering and transmitting to Google information about nearby cell towers, without letting users know.

Yesterday, it came to light that Google had been tracking users of its Android operating systems regardless of whether or not location services had been turned off.

Google did not dispute Quartz' claims about collecting the described data from new Android phones.

In a rather technical statement emailed to USA TODAY, Google offered an explanation: "To ensure messages and notifications are received quickly, modern Android phones use a network sync system that requires the use of Mobile Country Codes (MCC) and Mobile Network Codes (MNC)".

There was a recent report that Google was apparently tracking user locations even when they have disabled location tracker on their devices. That initiative never took off, and the data has been deleted upon reaching Google's doorstep since collection began.

A spokesperson for Google reportedly said it used cell tower data to send push notifications and messages, but did not store the information. This "issue" potentially affects all devices with Google services, with tablets and phones alike sending the same data to Google. "Quartz observed the data collection occurring and contacted Google, which confirmed the practice". The fact that Android users weren't able to opt out is perhaps the most glaring. Google said that the data was encrypted, but at the heart of the matter is that some people have every right not to be tracked and others have a good reason why they don't want to be found. Location services are often refer to your Global Positioning System location for app usage.

There is now no way for Android users to prevent their location data from being sent to Google, according to the report. Personal data such as political views to their purchase histories to their locations have done wonders for these companies to target their marketing campaigns. That particular feature helps provide a device's specific geographic location to applications on a device.

Quartz first discovered in January that Android phones were sending Google the rough location information of nearby cell towers.