Does disabling Wi-Fi prevent my Android phone from sending Wi-Fi frames?

Abstract : No. We show that another option, called "Always allow scanning", when activated, makes a device send Wi-Fi frames which can be used to track this device, even if the Wi-Fi switch is off. This option is not clearly described in all Android versions, and sometimes even not deactivatable. Besides, the Google Maps application prompts the user to activate this option.
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Célestin Matte, Mathieu Cunche, Vincent Toubiana. Does disabling Wi-Fi prevent my Android phone from sending Wi-Fi frames?. [Research Report] RR-9089, Inria - Research Centre Grenoble – Rhône-Alpes; INSA Lyon. 2017. ⟨hal-01575519v1⟩

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