Thursday, April 21, 2011

Android location tracking database existent as well

After quite a few people was concerned that the iPhone/iPad tracks your estimated position (cell tower triangulation) in a database, it seems most Android Phones does it as well

In the /data/data/com.google.android.location/files directory you find the files cache.cell & cache.wifi which contains logs of your movement. You will need root access to the device to read this directory.

The next version of MyPhoneTracker gonna be able to visualize those datas as well.


31 comments:

ed said...

good way to find all the technical hipsters

=dgrphx= said...

i shut gps and wifi off and i dont let google now location when asked so many triangles

Major.Mack said...

thats why i have no smart phone. well that and it doesnt have 50" screen

mac-and-me said...

@=dgrphx=
its NOT determined through gps and not dependant on wifi

=dgrphx= said...

smart phones are smart

Insider33 said...

The paranoid in me doesn't like this.

King Elysium said...

theyre watching you

Mike said...

I'm not too worried about being tracked. They have no reason to find me haha!

Sam said...

Yes but the reason which they did not give for storing it; was that it can easily find itself and know which tower to switch to when you are within range, laptops/computers PC's whatever hold the same information on WEP,WPA,PEKA,ESA, And other authentications which can easily be tracked.

Apple have used it in the past those to do read backs on Iphones when they're are in use with contract if they are running unvalidated firmware and will then perform a PIK lock on the phone.

BeefyWellington said...

Yea, I figured Google would end up spying on us. Wait, don't they already do that?!
Good info, sir.

thenitefalls said...

Whatever happen to privacy, the government knows our every single step O_O

Aaron M. Gipson said...

Seems like an intentional setup to me, but I am somewhat of a paranoid conspiracy junkie...

Mike Yurchenko said...

android is constantly improving

Jay said...

dum dum DUM!

950f24f4-6c99-11e0-8ea4-000bcdcb2996 said...

Just checked Droid 1 and Droid 2, and no database files exist in that location.

Another reason to be able to install custom ROMs on your phone or jailbreak and protect yourself.

I understand the feeling of betrayal by Apple, but don't spread rumors without facts Ronny. Links to credible sources please.

Sub-Radar-Mike said...

Feel better about not being cool and having a smartphone now

princy gupta said...

i love smart phones...

PekkaK said...

My HTC Desire does this by default and I think it's not a very good thing when privacy is considered

Jazz bazooka said...

good, now there is no were to hide.

Leestander said...

Yeah but Android just save 48 hours like max 50 spots Iphone saves 1000 + spots and for 1 year... and to get the android file you neeed to hack the phone then hack the file, on iphone you just need to put the mobile on the PC and open the file as an txt.. -.- o.O

paidvacation1605 said...

very scary stuff

Daan said...

I love the app

Moobeat said...

interesting

mac-and-me said...

@Leestander
that is not correct its not easier on the iphone to get the file and its not limited to 48hours, in the samples i received so far was >4days
i think you talk bout the android 1.x implementation, but since google stopped opensourcing locationd some things changed

@950f24f4-6c99-11e0-8ea4-000bcdcb2996
i have samples from 2 phone so the file exist and contains the same data as on the iphone
also
ln -s /dev/null /private/var/root/Library/Caches/locationd
and i am protected "against what ever" as well

mac-and-me said...

@Sam
that is not correct there is no indication, proof or even a hint this data got transfered to apple, you talk about something completely different related to wifi data

The Old Master said...

that's awesome

Stare Dad said...

Well this isnt even needed, if you have a normal cellphone with internet on it, if you research something on google.com it will tell you where you are.

Mexikola said...

Smart phones are getting smarter

Mostly Irrelephant said...

I knew that the Iphone wasn't the only one doing this. And quite frankly, of all the data on my phone, this kind of information is the least of my worries if my phone should get stolen.

Everyday Normal Guy said...

Why do they track our location? Whats the benefit of that?

Radux said...

Wow, how unexpected *irony off*