Just published Google lawsuit evidence indicates that like always retained users' location data, even if disabled in user interface, to the extent that its own employees flashed LineageOS on their phones to avoid tracking. Full thread on https://twitter.com/jason_kint/status/1398353211220807682
@kravietz let us consider that google maps itself, and the location tracking they use, all originated from In-Q-Tel, which both develops things and provides venture / seed funding for cia related projects, and often tries to do so thru secret ownership.
@kravietz are they still feeling lucky?
@kravietz Try LineageOS without google services. I highly recommend it.
@kravietz thanks for sharing this important evidence. This is the Internet Archive of that Twitter page https://web.archive.org/web/20210530142147/https://twitter.com/jason_kint/status/1398353211220807682 in case someday the tween might be deleted.
I'm honestly not surprised even #Google employees are flashing custom ROMs without GApps, they're software engineers and other techies after all, they're as #privacy conscious as the rest of us and know better than anyone the extent of Google's tracking.
I have FairPhone 3 with /e/ preinstalled and it's great.
I also like Volla Phone with Ubuntu Touch which has been just announced
@kravietz Gotta love how I warned some people that this is probably the case like a year or two ago and was dismissed by "oh it's illegal they wouldn't do that because they'd get fined"
@cwebber @kravietz It's interesting to note that the #AZ attorney general is taking action on this. Not all AGs are motivated. Many are deadbeats who only become an AG to pad their CV for another gig, like running for governor. When you complain to those AGs, they might may a record of it but generally don't act. So it's good to know that the AZ AG might be a good office to expose privacy abuses to.