Since the beginning of 2017, Android phones have been collecting locations of cellular towers that were near by when the user connects to the internet. The data, which can be used to triangulate an Android user's location within a quarter-mile radius, was encrypted but never stored.
"To ensure messages and notifications are received quickly, modern Android phones use a network sync system that requires the use of Mobile Country Codes (MCC) and Mobile Network Codes (MNC)", the company said in a statement.
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Such data, while not as granular as Global Positioning System data, could still help entities-including Google-triangulate a user's location with considerable accuracy and far beyond any consumer's reasonable expectations of privacy, Quartz said.
Not only has Google stated that it has never kept the data, but Android devices will no longer send cell tower data to the company without consent.
"By the end of November, the company said, Android phones will no longer send cell-tower location data to Google, at least as part of this particular service, which consumers can not disable", according to Quartz. Google said that by the end of the month, it will stop transmitting Cell ID codes.
This is not the first time that data collection concerns have been raised as more companies seem to be hoovering up unnecessary amounts of information that breach its user's privacy.
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"It is really a mystery as to why this is not optional", said Matthew Hickey of London-based security form Hacker House.
At this moment, it isn't clear the exact use case of the location tracking but it could be used for targeted advertising. People have all kinds of reasons for turning off location services, and the system that was in place essentially disregarded these preferences and recorded the data regardless. Smartphones with either wifi connection or cellular capabilities were able to transmit the information without users' knowledge.
It's an extremely concerning discovery, which means that Google can pinpoint exactly where you are even when you go out of your way to hide this information. It is thought that despite your location not being reported, Google was still receiving a signal via your local mobile tower as to your phone's location (rather than a more traditional Global Positioning System tracking).
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