On my phone I disallowed Google Play Services access to Location many months ago. Yet Recent Location Requests item of the Settings still gets them listed:

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How can this happen? Do Google Play Services have some special privilege to work around permission checking? Or are the apps that get denied permission to access Location still registered in this list?

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    Google Services are part of the system – so yes, they tend to ignore the user's preferences (also see here). Not only that: I once disabled Play Store on a device – and guess what: it re-activated itself again, pulling updates while I was on mobile data, burning 1/3 of my monthly data plan within half an hour. Luckily, my current devices are Google-free.
    – Izzy
    Commented Jul 23, 2020 at 21:05
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    Play Services is the location provider i.e. other apps rely on it for high accuracy location services (other than GPS). You cannot deny location permission to a location provider. All Google apps are privileged: android.stackexchange.com/a/218153/218526. Explore your /etc/permissions/ and /etc/sysconfig/ directories to know the details. Commented Jul 23, 2020 at 22:36
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    – alecxs
    Commented Jul 24, 2020 at 1:15


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