Can we believe?
Streetview WiFi slurping was no accident and now isn't needed.
"collecting phones' nearest cell tower locations because that would let it deliver messages faster; it denied retaining that location, and later disabled the 'service'."
That is absolute gibberish. The Mobile operator needs to know which "locations" a cell phone is near, it's part of the protocol of ALL mobile systems otherwise Mobile wouldn't work. It makes no difference whatsoever to anyone sending or receiving messages using a mobile network. So can we believe any of the rest of the statement?
Almost everything Google is doing on the Internet relating to client connections might be breaking existing EU laws, not just GDPR.
Android TV T&C you have to agree before even tuning a TV are coercive. The information gathered is illegal in EU.
The stock Android phone is a disgrace and can we believe turning off any slurp actually disables anything? A lot can't be turned off. MS seems to be trying to copy Google with Windows 10. Evil services that can't be disabled. Massive by default on slurping that never existed before.
Google Play Service on Android collects lots of information that Google has no legitimate use for and isn't needed for Playstore to work.