Journalists of the website Quartz has found that Android smartphones to collect and transmit location data to Google, even with GPS off.
According to Quartz, the Android smartphones with the beginning of 2017 send data about your location on the Google server. The information transmitted through cellular networks and Wi-Fi.
Quartz noted that the information is also sent if the device has been reset to factory settings. The data is passed each time when the user was in range of a new cell tower network. Devices without SIM cards were sent information about a connected Wi-Fi network.
The press service of Google has confirmed the fact of gathering location information. The company said that the data was transmitted in encrypted form and is never stored and not used. They needed to send notifications from the services of the company. Google has promised to stop spying on users by the end of November 2017.
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