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  1. Jonny Kansas

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    Does it give you the option to not show that warning?

    I turn mine on when I get a new phone, but I think there's some kind of warning at that point. I don't recall it saying that Google will collect location data no matter what, but it might.

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    I saw the question / warning this morning (cycled from High Accuracy to Device and back to High Accuracy). I must have just overlooked it yesterday in my rush to get Navigation going. I believe that is letting you know that your phone is going to collect WiFi network data and send it back to Google (names of WiFi networks and their approximate locations). There is an option to not show this again....so you will not see it. It should not harm your phone or account....I think its just Google collecting WiFi data.

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    Correct. They use that data to improve the accuracy of location services based on wifi networks without using GPS. If I remember right, they caught some flack because the Street View cars were collecting network names and locations in much the same way.

    People felt it was an invasion of privacy, but the only personal data it would collect would be your name if you named your network something like "My last name".

    We did a similar experiment when I took my Computer Networks and Security Systems classes. It's called "War Driving" when you go around collecting wifi data. What's scarier than the fact that it's super easy to collect the data is the number of people with unsecured wifi, which can be easily seen and mapped depending on the software you use.

    Wifi Analyzer for android does a good job of giving you signal strength information on all surrounding networks. You can turn it on and walk around between access points and figure out pretty easily by the graph where each one is as you move.

    The same kinds of tools are used by network professionals to ensure proper wifi coverage and to help eliminate noise/interference between access points on different networks, but the same (or similar) channels.

    But, I digress. Hopefully that info helps you feel a little better about location services on your phone, but I figured I'd shed a little light on the collection of wifi data.
     
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    I remember the flak over the street cars...that's how I learned that Google was collecting WiFi data to store for their Maps. I guess it's no big deal as long as they are only stroing the network name and it's location. I have neighbors that broadcast unsecured WiFi....seems pretty risky to me...but mine is secured. Personally, on my phone, I am going to leave Location set to Device for normal use. If I need to navigate, I will switch to High Accuracy first. Just my personal choice though...that may not work for everyone. Thanks for sharing the good info.
     
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    Not a problem, and you're not hurting anything by leaving it off until you need it. I would probably see better battery life if I did the same, but my phone gets me through the day (though I have to charge it in the late evening sometimes), so that's not a huge issue for me.

    I'm also of the school of thought that, Google (and others) are going to serve me ads all over the internet and etc anyway, so if they want to collect some data on me so that the ads I see are relative to my area and my particular tastes, then have at it.
     
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    I turned off that pop up and It took the high accuracy and then today I got a pop up that I had not accepted the Google pop up and wanted me to accept it now.

    Guess I will take it and see what happens with ads and battery use. Lots of Good info from everyone , Thanks
     
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    The ads you get near Verizon stores are likely coming from the my Verizon app. I just got a firmware update on my s4. After, when I launched My Verizon, I got this popup...

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    That's the message / option I have been searching for. Now I remember...it was right after the My Verizon app update. I selected Not Now so that's why I could jot find it anymore. I guess if you did select Accept and don't want the ads you could uninstall the app updates, then re-install the update, then select Not Now when opening the first time. Thanks Jonny!

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    Not a problem! I forgot it was there a well until it refreshed with my update.

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