According to the latest update, Google wants to know where you go even if you explicitly tell it not to track your movements. Yes, the above statement is completely true. The technology giant is now automatically keeping a track record of all your locations.
According to a very latest associated press investigation, Google services on Android, as well as on iPhone, stores all your location data. The app is able to store data even if you have turned on the privacy settings. The computer science researchers of Princeton confirmed these findings to be completely true.
More about Google tracking your location
You must have noticed that many apps ask for location permission most of the time. Applications like Google Map keeps on reminding you to turn on the location several times if you use it for navigation purpose. You can find your daily location data collected over a period of time under the “timeline” section in the application itself. This section keeps a record of your daily movements.
You can turn off the location history anytime you want in your Google Maps. However, there are some applications that will store your timestamp location data even if you turn off the location, the AP reported. These location data are used by Google continuously to target ads based on user-specific locations.
The minute by minute travel data carries with itself privacy risk. On the other hand, this helps cops in tracking the location of the suspect.
You can always turn off the web and activity tracking and delete your location data from your Google account by visiting myactivity.google.com. However, according to AP, this might also affect the smooth functioning of some services on your smartphone, for instance, ride-hailing apps.
You can find out if the app is tracking you or not just by going to your Google Maps Timeline. From there, you can check your phone’s location settings and make the adjustments needed.
Our data protected or not?
Various tech giants are now concerned about the data privacy of their customers. The previous month, The House Committee on Energy and Commerce sent some letters to Apple and Alphabet. The House Committee on Energy and Commerce wanted to know what the Giants do in order to protect data. Apple answered the letter in a very detailed manner, however, Alphabet did not.
According to one of the company’s Spokesman, “Location History is a Google product that is entirely opt-in, and users have the controls to edit, delete, or turn it off at any time” He further went ahead and added, “As the story notes, we make sure Location History users know that when they disable the product, we continue to use location to improve the Google experience when they do things like perform a Google search or use Google for driving directions.”
However, in another interview, a spokesperson said that there are a number of ways that the company may use the location data in order to improve the user experience.
We are not sure about the improved user experience, however, we are concerned about our data. Let’s see what the company has in stock for us in the future.