Google tracks Android users even with location services turned off

The tech giant said it never used the data and an update is removing

According to Quartz, Android phones have been recording cellular addresses (or "Cell ID codes" as Google calls them) from cellular towers even if users have disabled the "Location Services" setting that accesses the Global Positioning System to pinpoint where the device has been.

Google said that the addresses of these towers were used to send notifications and messages to Android phones but claimed that they were not stored.

Google has started a crackdown on a popular and handy anti-theft app, Cerberus, which is a worthy competition for Google's own Android Device Manager service.

In January of this year, we began looking into using Cell ID codes as an additional signal to further improve the speed and performance of message delivery. By the end of November, the company said, Android phones will no longer send cell-tower location data to Google, at least as part of this particular service, which consumers can not disable. Devices with a cellular data or WiFi connection appear to send the data to Google each time they come within range of a new cell tower. Google says it will discontinue the practice by the end of this month. That's pretty vague, and the article mentions that Google probably also uses the info for advertisers to target you.

Although the data sent is encrypted, a third party could make use of it if the handset has been infected with spyware, malware or other hacking tools. There is no way to change how this information is collected even if you have location data turned off on all of the apps on your Android device. It's for this reason that companies like Apple and Google give users the option to disable location sharing; although both companies will often tell you that this will result in a less than optimal experience for services that rely on that data. Let us know in the comments if you believe Google will actually stop collection this location data.

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This particular section of the privacy policy might not pertain to this specific data collection practice.

The practical effect of this is that, so long as your Android phone is on and not inside a Faraday cage, your location data is being communicated.

Google admitted to developing a system that would be able to track user locations despite users choosing to opt out of such a feature but said it never went through with implementing the system.

As for what's being collected, the data is not as accurate as it could be.

Cell tower locations are very important, although not a very precise indicator of where you might be.

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