location data and send it back to Google, even after location services are
to the report, your Android phone collects information about close by
mobile phone masts and transmit those data to Google.
“betrayal” of users’ trust.
says the information was under no circumstances kept and it said Android would
be updated to halt the practice.
running in the background. Google Play Services are required to access many of
the search giant’s apps and the framework is pre-installed on a majority of
Android smartphones targeted at consumers.
mast addresses – a string of data used to detect individual masts – and transfer
them back to Google. The data could be used to locate somebody’s position.
off, or no SIM card, the phone still sends.
months “as an additional signal to
further improve the speed and performance of message delivery.
incorporated Cell ID into our network sync system, so that data was immediately
smartphone, we don’t expect it to betray us,” said Millie Graham Wood, a
solicitor for Privacy International.
states in this instance it will stop the practice, this raises the question of
what else it is doing beyond the knowledge of the user, and why.”