Police routinely track people by the tower that their cell phone is on. That is how they caught many people up in the net on January 6. They aren’t stopping there. Massachusetts authorities are reportedly installing a tracker on all cell phones in the state.
EDITED TO ADD: This has been confirmed by multiple sources, including MSN. Mass Authorites say that the tracking feature won’t be used, except to notify potential exposures to COVID. I believe that. Yeah. END EDIT.
They aren’t asking, they are just doing it. I don’t know what this software does, or how much data it is sending home to big brother, I just know that I am leery of it.
If any of your travels happen to take you through Massachusetts, I would recommend putting your cell phone into a faraday bag, like this one. I don’t make money from this at all- I have no relationship with the company or the product, other than owning several of them.