就如標題所寫的，Quartz 獨家刊出來的新聞，即使你關掉 Google 的定位服務，Google 還是會蒐集你的位置 (而且跟 Google 發言人確認後也證實)：「Google collects Android users’ locations even when location services are disabled」。
而且是全背景作業，在你沒有開定位服務，沒有插 SIM 卡，也沒有跑任何 app，他就會將定位資訊傳出去：
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?
從今年年初開始這樣搞的，Google 發言人只宣稱這個資料並沒有被用來整合到「network sync system」，並且會立即丟掉 (所以你還是不知道被用到什麼地方)：
“In January of this year, we began looking into using Cell ID codes as an additional signal to further improve the speed and performance of message delivery,” the Google spokesperson said in an email. “However, we never incorporated Cell ID into our network sync system, so that data was immediately discarded, and we updated it to no longer request Cell ID.”
這句話的意思其實代表著是丟掉 raw data，改以統計的方式轉移存到其他系統。
If they were “never used or stored”, why did they start collecting them in the first place? This is like a kid caught with their hand in the cookie jar saying they weren’t going to eat any cookies. Sure.