Google admits tracking your phone even if Sim card removed

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An investigation by Quartz discovered that smartphones and tablets running the Android operating system continued to track a user's general location even when location services were turned off, the phone didn't have a SIM card, and no apps were installed. But starting earlier this year, cell tower ID information began getting collected from Android devices as well as the result of a change to Google's Firebase messaging platform.

There is now no way for Android users to prevent their location data from being sent to Google, according to the report. In response, a Google spokesperson told Quartz via email that this has been the case for the past 11 months and the information was never actually stored.

The Cell ID was never incorporated into Google's network sync system and all the data was "immediately discarded", the company said.

21, the Quartz online site contended that since at least the beginning of this year, newer Android phones have been collecting addresses of a user's nearby cellular tower and relaying that data back to Google.

According to Google, they will be stopping this practice soon ─ by the end of November, even.

Google's privacy policy notes it may collect location information like IP addresses, Global Positioning System and "other sensors" when you use its services.

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"It is really a mystery as to why this is not optional", said Matthew Hickey, a security expert and researcher at Hacker House, a security firm based in London.

Quartz explains that this location data is of paramount importance to regulators and lawmakers, who can understand the political views of such users by analysing their purchase histories with their locations and create targeted marketing campaigns accordingly.

Google tracks the whereabouts of your Android smartphone, regardless of whether or not users have disabled location services.

In short, Google is following you everywhere you carry your Android phone.

Google and other tech giants including Facebook have come under fire from regulators and lawmakers in numerous countries, particularly in Europe, regarding their data collection practices and the massive amount of sensitive data it gathers regarding a person's life, habits and preferences. The data provides a way to categorize and label people (sometimes in unflattering terms) such as: financial newsletter subscriber, allergy sufferer, "financially challenged", Twitter user with more than 250 friends, and "working-class moms". Location services are often refer to your Global Positioning System location for app usage. Google also didn't release any more information on the matter.

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