You can be Tracked with your GPS Even if it’s turned Off

Our phones are agent of many great things, which we ourselves don’t know about it. That’s why we let the apps we download invade our privacy. Ever we think about it that why Google makes Android apps ask to access sensitive parts of our phone like storage, contacts, or GPS? There is a reason behind it that why Google wants to access our data and most of us are unaware. But we are the owners of our devices and we have the right to say “NO”. You can be Tracked with your GPS Even if it’s turned Off.

GPS has become an important part of our culture that we even don’t know how to move with using it, because we have started rely a lot on this technology. If we want to check out a new restaurant and don’t know where it is, we use Google Map to search it. And when sometimes we want don’t to be tracked at all, we turn off our GPS. And we feel secured that it is not possible to be tracked, which is not true at all.

You can be Tracked with your GPS Even if it’s turned Off

There is a way for an app to narrow down exactly where we are, how fast we are traveling, and what kind of vehicle we are in, all without accessing our GPS location, which is no doubt pretty scary.

A Google spokesperson said in a statement:

That all modern Android phones use a network sync system that requires mobile country codes and mobile network codes, so tower info called “Cell ID” codes were considered an “additional signal to further improve the speed and performance of message delivery.

Yes dear readers Android phones gather your location data and send it to Google.

Researchers at Princeton University has introduced this tracking method. The team has created an app and has place about 2,000 lines of code in it to detect information from sensors that it doesn’t need special permission to access. These include the accelerometer, magnetometer, and barometer. It identifies our device’s IP address, time zone, and network status.

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