Since the beginning of 2017, Android phones have been collecting the addresses of nearby cellular towers—even when location services are disabled—and sending that data back to Google. The result is that Google, the unit of Alphabet behind Android, has access to data about individuals’ locations and their movements that go far beyond a reasonable consumer expectation of privacy.
Quartz observed the data collection occur and contacted Google, which confirmed the practice.
I wonder what would have happened had they not been caught, and I mean that with all the sarcasm in the world.
What scares me most is that people stopped caring about companies doing things like this. Sure, I care. Maybe even you care. But most people don’t.