US tech giant Google has been tracking the location of Android smartphones even when apps were disabled and the SIM card was removed from the phone.
Smartphones running Android software gather data about your location and send it back to Google when they’re connected to the internet, a recent investigation by Quartz news website has found.
The news website revealed that Android phones continued to send location data to Google even when location services were switched off in the settings menu and there was no option to disable it.
Following the revelation, Google confirmed in a statement that it had been collecting the tower addresses for 11 months to “improve” speed and delivery.
The giant tech company said it would soon stop the practice in Android phones with Google Play Services running in the background.
However, experts say Google can still determine users’ location through data collected via GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or in some…