How can I stop my phone from reporting my coordinates and detected devices to Samsung?
Given that something is doing this, is there a way with an authentic Samsung phone to opt out of this kind of spyware? Can I stop my phone from reporting SmartTags and other things (including my location) to Samsung?
To be clear, SmartTags work on Bluetooth LE. What sends the result of the Bluetooth LE scan and GPS coordinates to Samsung?
According to the https://www.samsung.com/ie/support/mobile-devices/how-do-i-find-my-smarttag/ you have to agree to make your device scan for tags (act as a "Find Node").
How can I join the Galaxy Find network? If your SmartTag is out of the 120-metre range of the BLE (Bluetooth low energy) connection, it
will require the help of the Galaxy Find network to be located.
The Galaxy Find network is made from other Galaxy device users that have agreed for their devices to be used as Find Nodes. Find Nodes receive the signal from lost SmartTags and send the location anonymously to the SmartThings server, allowing for you to find your SmartTag no matter how far away it is.
To help other SmartThings users by using your device as a Find Node, you will need to agree to offline finding in the SmartThings app. This is an option you can select when adding SmartThings Find.
You can also agree to use your device as a Find Node through your settings. You'll be asked if you want to do this when setting up SmartThings Find.
- Open the Settings app
- Tap Biometrics and Security
- Tap Find My Mobile
- Tap Offline finding
So the answer should be not to enable this setting.