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Google secretly tracks people even after they've explicitly told it to stop

Google secretly tracks people even after they've explicitly told it to stop

What's more, a Google spokesperson also told Mashable that the Cell ID is encrypted is discarded immediately after receiving it.

Another change has arrived in the Quick Settings shade that now shows current connection status indicators for connectivity options like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and cellular connectivity.

Users who turn off location services do so with the obvious expectation that no entity - apart, perhaps, from law enforcement agents wielding Stingrays or mobile carriers who owned cellular towers - can be able to track their movements throughout the day.

In response, Google hasn't disputed the Quartz report, but has downplayed it and said that the data was not being used to target Android users with advertising.

A report by Quartz reveals that Google has been collecting this sort of cell tower information since the start of 2017. Now, Google has confirmed that the feature - in its current form at least - will be disabled by the end of the month.

The revelation is troubling, but not at all surprising. MCC and MNC provide necessary network information for message and notification delivery and are distinctly separate from Location Services, which provide a device's location to apps.

It was also found that even after resetting the phone, the smartphone did not stop transmitting the location details to the portals of Google which is surprising as well as concerning. And, in a curious twist to the tale, a leading security researcher has claimed that Google nemesis Oracle was behind the exposé. As a result, Google and its parent company - Alphabet - might be peeking into your location information exploiting users fundamental right privacy. Before the journalist Glenn Greenwald met with Edward Snowden, for example, documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras requested that Greenwald either remove the battery from his phone or leave the phone in his hotel room. This happened any time, even if they didn't have location on, and could have allowed any third-party apps to access this data. 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". Companies-even if they are genuinely well-meaning-cannot be trusted at their word. Sure, it's an extreme situation in which someone's life could be in danger, but no matter how unimportant your location data is, it belongs to you.

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