Android Users: Google Collects Your Location Data, Whether You Like It or Not
Quartz’s request revealed that Google is spying on some of its users. The search giant collects location data from Android smartphone owners, whether or not they have location services turned on. While Android users can’t turn it off, they don’t seem to have to worry about it anymore.
According to the investigation, Google’s practice of secretly collecting location data has been in place since early 2017 and is not limited to users with location data enabled or users connected to cell towers: Android phones connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi. also transmitted location data to Google. Even the devices that have been reset have been found to transmit personal data back to the company.
Bad news: this cannot be turned off. Good news: Google told Quartz that it will end the practice by the end of November. Want to know what other data you might be sharing without your knowledge? Visit the Google Privacy Checker page to change the information you share with the public, friends, or even advertisers .