So here’s a little surprise for you. If all this while you thought that switching your phone off got you away from the GPS radar, well buzzz, wrong answer! A recent report has found that Google is able to track location information from Android smartphones despite location services being actively switched off.
A report reveals on top of most smartphones’ motherboard there sits a mini IRC battery, which never gets switched off. This battery is what is responsible for powering your location tracking. However, how will the data be transferred to Google when the phone is off, considering there is a lack of connectivity. So apparently, your information keeps getting stacked, and the moment you are again connected to the internet, your entire day’s track is sent to Google.
A similar report was also shared by Quartz few months ago, which also claimed that Google is collecting location information from Android smartphones despite location services being actively switched off. “The information is collected even if the user actively turns off location services, has not used any apps, and has not even inserted a carrier SIM card”, the report read.
Reportedly, Google has been collecting location data ever since the beginning of 2017, after a there was a change to the Firebase Cloud Messaging service, which is owned by Google and runs on Android phones as a default setup. “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,” Quartz reported.