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Beware! Google collects your location data even when you turn off tracking

Tech giant Google has accepted it taps data from Android devices even when the location is disabled but said the info is used only to manage push notifications and messages, and it is not stored

BS Web Team  |  New Delhi 


might be gathering from your Android-based devices even when you turn off the or remove SIM from your phone, suggests a report in the Quartz. According to the report, has been collecting using cellular towers near its – even when location is disabled in phones – since the beginning of 2017. The data provide access to individuals’ location and their movements which could be considered as breach of user privacy. The section of Google’s privacy policy that covers states, “When you use services, we may collect and process information about your actual location.

We use various technologies to determine location, including IP address, GPS, and other sensors that may, for example, provide with information on nearby devices, Wi-Fi access points and cell towers.” The privacy policy mentions that the company will collect location information from devices, but does not clearly mention if the shall be collected from even when are disabled. confirmed the practice to Quartz, says the report, additing that the information collected was neither used nor stored but only utilised for managing push notifications and messages sent to Android consumers. The company also reportedly confirmed it was planning to end the practice by the end of November. According to the report, the data sent to by were encrypted but they could be accessed by a third party if the phone security was with spyware or other methods of hacking.

First Published: Wed, November 22 2017. 09:29 IST