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Google collects location data even if you've disabled location services

«Many people realize that smartphones track their locations. But what if you actively turn off location services, haven't used any apps, and haven't even inserted a carrier SIM card?

«Even if you take all of those precautions, phones running Android software gather data about your location and send it back to Google when they're connected to the internet, a Quartz investigation has revealed.

«[...] So much for going off the grid.»

The only real solution to this is to not have a mobile phone, which is arguably difficult for many people, for many reasons — most of which social.
Not having a cell phone is becoming increasingly difficult to do. Prospective employers and landlords expect you to have one. If you don't, chances are you may not get that job, or apartment. I avoided cell phones for a long time, but about 5 years ago, I finally and reluctantly broke down and got a cheap flip phone.

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