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Android Devices Collect Location Data For Google Despite Privacy Settings _VERIFIED_


The information we collect includes unique identifiers, browser type and settings, device type and settings, operating system, mobile network information including carrier name and phone number, and application version number. We also collect information about the interaction of your apps, browsers, and devices with our services, including IP address, crash reports, system activity, and the date, time, and referrer URL of your request.




Android devices collect location data for Google despite privacy settings



The Google Privacy Policy describes how we treat personal information when you use Google's products and services, including Chromecast devices such as Chromecast and devices with Chromecast built-in. This article provides additional information about the privacy settings available to Chromecast users.


For devices with Chromecast built-in, the settings referenced above only control Google's collection of information relating to your usage of Chromecast. The manufacturers of devices with Chromecast built-in may collect other information about your usage of those devices pursuant to their privacy policies. To learn more, please reference the privacy policies of the devices you are using.


As part of the deal, Google committed to a number of changes that will make the company's location-tracking practices more clear, including showing users more information when they turn location tracking on or off and providing a detailed rundown of the location data Google routinely collects on a webpage consumers can access.


The state prosecutors said they launched the investigation after reporting by the Associated Press in 2018 revealed that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones kept saving users' location data even after location tracking had been turned off in privacy settings.


An administrator can set up a policy for status and activity reporting for Chrome, including location information for ChromeOS devices. Your administrators may also have the ability to access, monitor, use or disclose data accessed from your managed device.


Google can determine your location despite VPN use by collecting all sorts of geographical data via the browser, the apps, and the settings on your device. Luckily, you can disable that data collection.


Hey, remember when we talked about Wi-Fi IDs? The same thing happens with cell phone towers as well. There are public databases with IDs of cell phone towers, and Google openly states that it collects such data for location services. So yes, even switching to mobile data is not a real solution to your problem.


Of course, this is somewhat of an extreme approach. If you only want to mess with Google Maps, choose Google Maps under settings and choose Location. Depending on your desires, you can choose Never or Only when using the app. You can also toggle off Precise location to give Google less data about where you are.


Location data is quite sensitive. It can reveal where you live after all, so it is something that should be treated carefully. Companies should explicitly state how they are collecting your data and make it easy to stop location data from being tracked and to delete any data that has already been collected.


After turning off the location history setting for Google services on both Android devices and iPhones, detailed information is still collected about your location and stored under the My Activity section of your Google account.


Outside of Google services, iOS device users should be wary of a native iOS setting called Significant Locations. This feature allows these devices to track and record places users visit most often. This facilitates the provision of location-based data and suggestions. However, the same concerns that arose with Google apply here.


To delete older data already collected, head to myactivity.google.com. On that website, open the hamburger menu by tapping the three bars in the top left corner and choose Delete activity by... Then you can select which activity you'd like to remove.


However, when you do this, none of your precious data like your contacts' numbers or SMS chats will be automatically restored when you lose or break your phone, so be cautious about saving this data somewhere else. You'll also need to manually sign back into apps you've used on your old phone, you'll lose custom device settings including Wi-Fi passwords, and your photos and videos won't be backed up. Assess carefully whether having some peace of mind regarding this data is worth a privacy trade-off or not.


Third-party trackers collect data via the apps on your device. The ad ID lets them link data from different sources to one identity you. In addition, since every app and tracker sees the same ID, it lets data brokers compare notes about you. Broker A can buy data from broker B, then use the ad identifier to link those two datasets together. Simply, the ad ID is the key that enables a whole range of privacy harms: invasive 3rd-party profiling by Facebook and Google, pseudoscientific psychographic targeting by political consultants like Cambridge Analytica, and location tracking by the U.S. military.


Congress must pass the Jacobs-Davidson Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the yearly funding bill for national security and the military. It would require the Department of Defense to disclose, both to Congress and the public, information about when it purchases geolocation data collected by cell phones...


Unfortunately, there is little you can do about the data your service provider collects, but you may be able to stop the data from being shared with third parties such as advertisers. Some service providers offer a way to opt out of certain types of data use. Either contact your cell phone service provider or look at its privacy policy online to find out what it shares with third parties and whether you can opt out of the sharing.


Both iPhone and Android smartphones allow you to toggle whether your cellular data is enabled. This feature is generally a bandwidth-saving tool rather than a privacy-focused one. As a result, toggling cellular data connection frequently only toggles off cellular data and not cellular voice. For example, connecting through Wi-Fi with cellular data turned off will hide the internet traffic that could leak to your provider, but it might not hide the location information from the cell tower the phone is connecting through to receive telephone services. If you are concerned about your service provider having access to the location or telephone information from your smartphone, instead enable Airplane Mode on your device to completely toggle the cellular radio off.


Advertisers want to market to the people who are most likely to buy their product or service. The more information they collect about you, the better their ability to know the types of products and services you are most likely to buy. One privacy concern here is that information could be shared with third parties and compiled with other data to create a detailed profile about you without your knowledge or consent.


Behavioral marketing or targeting refers to the practice of collecting and compiling a record of individuals' activities, interests, preferences, and/or location over time. This data may be compiled, analyzed, and combined with information from offline sources to create even more detailed profiles.


In addition to the privacy and security risks arising from a poorly secured or manufactured devices, developers and manufacturers of connected devices may share some of the data collected with third parties such as advertisers. In the case of wearable health and fitness devices, this data may include heart rate, pulse, exercise data, geo-location information associated with workout routines, sleep data, personal hygiene patterns, dietary preferences, or any number of extremely revealing personal information.


If you allow third-party apps or websites to use your data or your current location, you're subject to their terms, privacy policies, and practices. You should review the terms, privacy policies, and practices of the apps and websites to understand how they use your location and other information. Information that Apple collects will be treated in accordance with Apple's Privacy Policy.


If you would like to reset all of your location settings to the factory default, go to Settings > General > Reset and tap Reset Location & Privacy. When your location and privacy settings are reset, apps will stop using your location until you grant them permission.


1. iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular models): Make sure that Cellular Data is on in Settings > Cellular > Cellular Data, even if you're not subscribed to a cellular data plan. This will allow your device to more accurately calibrate itself using network time and location information. In some instances, disabling a SIM PIN may be necessary. 2. iOS and iPadOS devices sold in China mainland and Germany may use the term Wireless LAN (WLAN) instead of Wi-Fi. 3. GPS is available on iPhone and iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular models. 4. Bluetooth interacts with iBeacons to provide a way to create and monitor areas that advertise certain identifying information. 5. iOS and iPadOS devices without a cellular connection use only Wi-Fi for Location Services (if a Wi-Fi network is available). Some third-party apps rely on a Wi-Fi connection for region monitoring. If a device is passcode locked, this feature may be limited or inaccurate. 350c69d7ab


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