Since the beginning of 2017, Android phones have been collecting the addresses of nearby cellular towers—even when location services are disabled—and sending that data back to Google. The result is that Google, the unit of Alphabet behind Android, has access to data about individuals’ locations and their movements that go far beyond a reasonable consumer expectation of privacy.

https://qz.com/1131515/google-collects-android-users-locations-even-when-location-services-are-disabled/

8 thoughts on “Since the beginning of 2017, Android phones have been collecting the addresses of nearby cellular towers—even when…

  1. Jeff Zahari Not that I am aware of.

    There was a thing a few years ago about a file of commonly-used cell towers being kept on the phone (which I think was used to speed connectivity, but don’t quote me), but that was eliminated a few versions ago.