Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 21st Nov 2017 16:09 UTC

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.

Quartz observed the data collection occur and contacted Google, which confirmed the practice.

The cell tower addresses have been included in information sent to the system Google uses to manage push notifications and messages on Android phones for the past 11 months, according to a Google spokesperson. The were never used or stored, the spokesperson said, and the company is now taking steps to end the practice after being contacted by Quartz. 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 cannot disable.

Raise your hand if you're surprised.

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something tells me this charade is elaborate way of tax avoidance, but i am no expert here.

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henderson101 Member since:

A company I used to work for went through this. A company purchased them, purchased another rival, rebranded with the rival's name but kept the financial structure of the my old company because they were publicly traded. It was called a "reverse takeover". The other company was worth less, but had more capital to purchase. They kept doing this and every few years they morph in to another slightly bigger, slightly differently company. I left after a year as it was overall a worse place to work.

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