FTC may investigate Google location data

Two senators, Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn) and Ed Markey (D-Mass), have called on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether Google illegally gathered location data from Android users.

The request comes after reports that Android devices collect location data from nearby cell towers, even when location services are disabled or the phone is turned off.

Google describes its location tracking as an opt-in service, but the senators said the company pushes users into providing permission by degrading the functionality of products.

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