You would think that if (or when) you don’t want Google stalking you around, you simply turn off the GPS function on your phone. It sounds pretty straightforward, and ideally, that is how it supposed to work, except it doesn’t! It seems Google will know your location whether or not you have turned on the GPS functionality on your phone; read, Google will know your location whether you want them to or not.
Google can get location data from Android devices users regardless of the fact you have turned off location services on their phone or not. Quartz reports that from as early as January 2017, Android devices have been mining addresses of nearby cell towers, and relaying this information back to Google.
Quartz further reports that Android handsets have been collecting cellular towers addresses pretty much all the time, even when you are offline, and will relay that information to Google once you get online. The publisher says that all modern Android smartphones have this vulnerability.
The cellular towers mapping was collected using the same system Google uses for push notifications and messages. …read more