The information your Android phone is sending to Google when your Location is on

So Location Services is something that you have become accustomed to using to show where you on Instagram, for Google Maps or perhaps to find out who is close to you on Tinder.

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But did you know that there are things that your phone periodically sends to Google if your Location is turned on?

Pretty creepy if you ask us.

  • Movements you are likely to be making
  • Barometric pressure
  • Wifi connected or not
  • The MAC address of your Wifi access point
  • The MAC address, signal strength, and frequency of every nearby wifi access point
  • The MAC address, identifier, type, and two measures of signal strength of every nearby Bluetooth beacon
  • The voltage of your battery
  • Whether your phone is charging or not
  • GPS coordinates of your phone (and if you have your phone essentially where you are) and the accuracy of those coordinates

Ah well. We long lost the privacy battle.

Can you do anything about it?  Well Quartz reported on this in November last year:

Even if you take all of those precautions [actively turn off location services, haven’t used any apps, and haven’t even inserted a carrier SIM card], phones running Android software gather data about your location and send it back to Google when they’re connected to the internet.

By the way for all of this, you don’t even have to have a SIM Card inserted.

And with many leaving search history, Google knows you were on pornhub or xvideos and where you were, when you did it.

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