Nokia location tracking email

 

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Nokia location tracking email

Smartphones , and those running Google's Android are no exception, offer many location-based services that utilise the location of your handset, determined by GPS satellites, during web searches and other net-based activities to ensure the results are more tailored to the user. However, there's also a number of privacy concerns regarding location-based services on mobile phones.

In fact, according to the Wall Street Journal, when you opt-in to these services on a Google Android handset, GPS information and Wi-Fi access-point locations , as well as your unique device identifier, are sent back to Google.

Just like Apple , which recently came under fire for tracking iPhone users, Google uses this data to maintain a location database. Google has also said that all data sent back to it is anonymised, despite researchers' findings that each user's unique device ID is included.

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Users have reported battery life issues with the latest Android build, with many pointing the finger at Google Play – Google's app store – and its persistent, almost obsessive need to check where you are.

Amid complaints that Google Play is draining power supplies by repeatedly and unexpectedly using GPS , something more annoying is now clear: the app store is constantly tracking your whereabouts, and Google has made it impossible to switch this off unless you completely kill off location tracking for all applications.

You can try to deny Google Play access to your handheld's location by opening the Settings app and digging through Apps -> Google Play Store -> Permissions, and flipping the switch for "location." But you'll be told you can't just shut out Google Play services: you have to switch off location services for all apps if you want to block the store from knowing your whereabouts. It's all or nothing, which isn't particularly nice.