on November 23, 2017 in Featured World News

Virgil: Google Tracks You, Uber Hacks You

Here’s a headline that might be of particular interest to the 107 million Americans who have an Android phone or other mobile device: “Google collects Android users’ locations even when location services are disabled.”

Everyone, of course, should be concerned that a single corporation has flouted all the norms of personal privacy that we’ve built up over the centuries.

The scoop from Quartz Media details that since the beginning of 2017, mobile devices running the Android operating system track the location of the user, even when the device is turned off, and even when there’s no installed SIM card.  It seems that each device has been automatically storing up the information, no matter what—and then, when it’s connected to the Internet, it sends it all to Google.

 How does Google do this?  Android devices have been relating their location to cell phone towers, and after that, it’s easy—and the more towers in a given area, the easier.  When contacted by Quartz, Google didn’t deny the practice,  volunteering some weaselly words to the effect that it would cease the practice—maybe.  (We might also note that  around the world, Google claims two billion active users; no one knows what’s happening to all that information.)

As the Quartz author, Keith Collins, puts it, “The result is that Google … has access to data about individuals’ locations and their movements that go far beyond a reasonable consumer expectation of privacy.”

full story at http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2017/11/22/virgil-google-tracks-you-uber-hacks-you/

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