Google is tracking your location without telling you, claims AP Report

Published on: Aug 13, 2018 17:32 IST
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Looks like Google has this urge to know where you go so severely that it records your movements notwithstanding when you expressly tell it not to. An Associated Press research found that many Google applications on Android gadgets and iPhones stores your location information regardless of whether you've utilized protection settings that say they will keep it from doing as such. The computer science specialists at Princeton affirmed these discoveries at the AP's ask. Generally, Google is upfront about requesting that authorisation utilise your location data. An application like Google Maps will remind you to enable access to an area on the off chance that you utilise it for exploring.

This has made our privacy at a great risk. This method of story minute by minute location of the user has made a consumer quite vulnerable. Google’s support website claimed on this subject and stated: "You can turn off Location History at any time. With Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored."

But after a research, it was observed that even with the location off, many apps can scan the location. It has been found out that the Google stores a significant snapshot of where you are when you merely open its Maps app.

This kind of privacy issue will surely have an adverse affect on billion of users of devices that run Google's Android operating software and hundreds of millions of worldwide iPhone users who rely on Google for maps or search.

A scientist and researcher from Mayer's lab confirmed the AP's findings on multiple Android devices; the AP conducted its own tests on several iPhones that found the same behaviour. "If you're going to allow users to turn off something called 'Location History,' then all the places where you maintain location history should be turned off," Mayer added. "That seems like a pretty straightforward position to have," Google says it is being perfectly clear.

"There are a number of different ways that Google may use location to improve people's experience, including: Location History, Web, and App Activity, and through device-level Location Services," a Google spokesperson claimed in a statement to the AP.

"We provide clear descriptions of these tools, and robust controls so people can turn them on or off, and delete their histories at any time." To stop Google from saving these location markers, the company says, users can turn off another set, one that does not specifically reference location information.

If you want to delete the history of your location, you can do it. But, it’s a time taking task we might miss out some of the things. If you want, you can view the stored location markers on a page in your Google account at myactivity.google.com, although they're typically scattered under several different headers, many of which are unrelated to location.

Earlier in 2017, the business news site Quartz claimed through a research that Google was tracking Android users by collecting the addresses of nearby cellphone towers even if all location services were off. "They build advertising information out of data," said Peter Lenz, the senior geospatial analyst at Dstillery, a rival advertising technology company. "More data for them presumably means more profit."

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