So, Can You Really Prevent Google From Spying on You?
About a week ago, Fox News put out an investigative report that showed how Google is tracking your every move. They used two identical cell phones, with no sim cards in them, and with no Wi-Fi access either. One of the phones was put on airplane mode, while the other was just left as is.
So does that mean Google can track your every move even if you don’t have a SIM card in your phone and even if it is not connected to a Wi-Fi network? The answer is YES, as many apps use location sharing – which leaves your phone’s GPS antenna on, even in airplane mode.
Does that mean the phone is now not collecting any more data? No, it still is. You see, it’s not just the GPS – many high-end smartphones come with other sensors too, all of which record data like a gyroscope, accelerometer, magnetometer, barometric sensors and temperature sensors. All the data is logged, and when the phone connects to a network again – BOOM – it’s off to Google or to whichever app requested the data.
So how can you truly go off the grid – well, sorry to say, the only way to absolutely not log any data is to turn the phone off, completely.