Is Google following you?


Is Google following you? Internet giant's latest mobile operating system tracks user's location even when Wi-Fi is switched OFF


  • Google's Android 4.3 operating system has a feature called 'Scanning always available'
  • This feature scans for networks even when Wi-Fi is turned off
  • Google claims this is to 'improve location accuracy and for other purposes'

Google's latest Android phone operating system has revealed a feature that will scan for networks and track user's locations even when Wi-Fi has been turned off.

The code used to build Android 4.3 claims that 'to improve location accuracy and for other purposes, Google and other apps may scan for nearby networks even when Wi-Fi is off.'

By identifying nearby Wi-Fi networks a device can determine a user's location and it can be used as an alternative to GPS.

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