Google collects Android users’ location data even when disabled

Many people realize that smartphones track their locations. But what if you actively turn off location services, haven’t used any apps, and haven’t even inserted a carrier SIM card?

Even if you take all of those precautions, phones running Android software gather data about your location and send it back to Google when they’re connected to the internet, a Quartz investigation has revealed.

Damn, Google.



  • Tom_P

    I’m not surprised.

    This is why it will be hard for me to go to Android.

  • Reality Check

    How do you think Google maps gets such awesome traffic info?

    Hello?