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Google admits to violating Android users’ privacy

Tech giants, Google has admitted to violating the privacy of Android phone users by collecting the addresses of nearby cellular towers and sending the data to the company’s system since 2017 as said by a Google spokesperson.

“It seems quite intrusive for Google to be collecting such information that is only relevant to carrier networks when there is no SIM card or enabled services,’’ Matthew Hickey, a security expert and researcher, told media in London.

This means Google has access to locations of individuals even when the phones are switched off or disconnected from the Internet, which violates the privacy of smartphone users.

The spokesperson said the collected data was never used or stored and promised that by the end of November, Android phones would no longer send cellular tower location data to Google.

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