Information leaked from Google headquarters confirms that Google is secretly collecting WiFi information with it’s Android OS installed on millions of Android phones worldwide.
Senior manager in Google HQ confirmed that the company is using the Android phone built in GPS and WiFi capabilities to record the geographical position of WiFi networks in the phone location. This information is transmitted periodically to Google servers, where it is analyzed and stored in the company’s geographical database.
This information is used to locate a device even without GPS enabled, based on the WiFi networks found in the device neighborhood.
This secret plan was adopted after the public criticism following Google’s Street View data collection policy.