The spokesperson also said that mobile country codes and mobile network codes provide "necessary network information" for message and notification delivery, but highlighted that they are separate from location services, which is why a user's information was still being gathered, despite disabling the function locally.
Smartphones and devices running Android software have been collecting data from their users and feeding it to parent company, Google, even when location data is turned off. So long as the device was connected to the internet, Google would push past the bounds of privacy by pinpointing nearby cell tower addresses. Android users can not opt out of this, not even when the phone is factory reset, according to the report. Google says it will discontinue the practice by the end of this month. Google does offer details on how to control Google's location access points, though after reading through the instructions, the company could admittedly do a better job of making this clearer and simpler for its general consumers.
Google requested the Cell ID alongside what is called the mobile country code and mobile network code, which identify the country and mobile phone operator that the smartphone is using.
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"In January of this year, we began looking into using Cell ID codes as an additional signal to further improve the speed and performance of message delivery", the company said in a statement to The Sun. However, while these apps typically require the user's permission, there is now evidence that Android phones might be sending information back to Google without explicit authorization.
Quartz first discovered the suspect "location" collection on several Android devices and Google reportedly confirmed to the website it was only doing so to "further improve the speed and performance of message delivery".
Location tracking via smartphones is a common practice used by all the major players, either locally on the device or remotely on a server and is used to provide numerous services expected of a modern phone.
Cell ID data is different from Location Services, which activates the Global Positioning System to identify where the phone's been. A spokesman added: 'We never incorporated Cell ID into our network sync system, so that data was immediately discarded'. Google said that the data was encrypted, but at the heart of the matter is that some people have every right not to be tracked and others have a good reason why they don't want to be found.