Re: Who had the loss?
>So just ignore the wrong things that Google are doing...
The unfortunate fact of life is that the mere fact you're using a phone pretty much nails where you are. Its unfortunate but that's the price of 'progress'. It seems that the models for things like radios and phones that we grew up with are very persistent, many people just don't seem to understand how modern wireless communications work so their expectations of how those devices should behave are unrealistic.
In the US all phones have to track their location because it facilitates the handling of emergency calls (that's why they all have GPS in them these days). The same principles that drive GPS can be used to determine accurately where a phone is even if the software doing the questioning is prohibited from just asking the phone directly. There is only one remedy for this -- turn the thing off (and I mean "power it down", don't just blank the screen).
....and nobody's forcing you to use Google's products. There are alternatives. They might not be as good or as convenient but then we managed to live quite well in an era of phone books, pay phones and card indexes. You can as well; you just can't have it both ways.