Google has been collecting location data even when location services are disabled, report says

User data can be relayed back to Google even your device doesn’t have a SIM card


  • It’s Me


    • mola2alex

      This is definitely more benign than the massive harvest they do of all users all the time.

    • It’s Me

      What’s amazing is how each and every time they get caught violating their users privacy, their fluffers show up with their mantra that it’s nothing or its someone trying to make google look bad.

    • FTR_Part_deux

      And often times with more than one account. Lol.

    • nekkidtruth

      In other news, McDonald’s food is fattening, Dollarama sells items higher than a dollar and water is wet. Anyone who believes their data is not being siphoned and sold by any of these companies is seriously delusional. The real news is how some of these companies are stupid enough to get caught.

  • thereasoner

    “Google has been collecting location data from Android users”


    “This means that the cell tower data was never stored or used; the data was was also encrypted.”

    So nothing then…got it.

    • Brad Fortin

      Considering how cynically skeptical you usually are of Apple’s PR statements I’m surprised you’re taking Google’s PR statements at face value and without question.

    • John Lofwire

      Yeah as usual anything to bash android.
      The title was very misleading.

  • Brad Fortin


    Android devices have been storing the addressed of nearby cell towers and transmitting that data back to Google, since January 2017.

    But then…

    Google also clarified that Android devices will no longer transmit cell tower information to Google, by the end of November 2017.

    Why would Google collect this sort of data for exactly 11 months, no more and no less, without any consent from its users? Seems like they wanted to do this without anyone knowing and promptly changed course once they were caught.

    • Homer J. Simpson

      Do you know what GDPR is? Every tech company that deals with large customer data has been working towards GDPR compliance likely for the past year. I wouldn’t be surprised if November deadline is a result of that compliance work because that’s a similar deadline we have at my workplace.

    • It’s Me

      They thought that when they were caught circumventing the do not track browser flag. They thought that when they were caught hoovering personal data from wifi networks when they used their maps cars for war driving and when they got caught again after promising to stop.

      Why would they care if someone sniffed? They just promise not to do it again and everyone breathes easier.

    • Brad Fortin

      The GDPR’s implementation date is 25 May 2018. Google isn’t stopping the data collection to comply with the GDPR, they’re stopping the data collection because they were caught doing it without users’ consent. This is the equivalent of a kid being caught with his hand in the cookie jar and then saying “but I wasn’t going to take any, I just wanted to see where they were!”.

      The worst part is that not only do you believe the kid with his hand in the cookie jar but you’re defending the kid.

    • Homer J. Simpson

      “When you use Google services, we may collect and process information about your actual location. We use various technologies to determine location, including IP address, GPS, and other sensors that may, for example, provide Google with information on nearby devices, Wi-Fi access points and cell towers.”

      That’s the privacy policy from Google. Pretty sure they aren’t sneaking in anything hoping nobody would notice.

      So you think a company with an enormous amount of personal data is going to set a deadline one or two months before the enforcement? It’s going to take a few internal audits by legal team to become fully compliant.

  • Petit Baveux

    If I ever need to hide from Big Brother, I won’t use an Android phone, nor an iPhone, nor a Microsoft phone, nor a Symbian phone, nor… you get the picture…

    • h2oflyer

      I’m gonna start a tin hat business.

    • It’s Me

      They’ll know.

    • Do Do

      True, but big brother is the least of your worries as far as your privacy goes.

  • Do Do

    As I’ve said over and over, without regulation, all these companies can effectively do whatever they want, there’s no consequences for lying and broken promises. It’s up to you to monitor what they’re doing, and lying about. If you root or jailbreak your phone and monitor the traffic, you might be shocked at how often your phone is contacting various ip’s for no obvious reason. Look at all those apps that have the “start at boot” permission, why do you think that is?