I'm completely new to this forum, smartphones, Android - a complete newbie. I do have a lot of technical knowledge though, plus quite a bit of general Linux knowledge.
As you might remember, in April there was a lot of controversy about Google and Apple saving location data on their phones, as well as transmitting them to those companies. However, I was never able to find much detail on when, how and what information exactly is transmitted.
In any case, I wonder if there is a possibility for the location tracking to be disabled via a custom firmware. From what I see, the only reason to *ever* send location data to Google is when the user explicitly requests this for the current location, e.g. when using Google Maps. The storage of past WiFi networks, GPS coordinates and/or mobile masts seems to make no sense at all, but seems to still be done on stock roms.
Specifically, I've never had a smartphone, but Android sounds nice since it's Linux and might be fun to play around with, and because I suspect that Android phones are actually compatible for syncing with other Linux devices such as my Laptop. :P But yeah, I'm very much concerned about my privacy and was really alarmed by those news about location tracking. So: can location tracking be disabled completely, and what hack do I need for this?
PS: Please, don't flame me if I'm misinformed. I know I might be - again, I'm a newb! Try telling me politely in that case.