Google Is Tracking Your Every Move on iPhones and Android, Even If You Disable Location Service

Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data even if you’ve used a privacy setting that says it will prevent Google from doing so: even with Location History paused, some Google apps automatically store time-stamped location data without asking. Google stores your location if you open Google Maps, if you use Google’s weather app, and they also track your search history even if you are not looking for something that is related to a particular location. Google says that, if users want privacy, they must take an extra step and turn off the ‘Web and App Activity’ setting. This, however, is difficult to find and, even then, Google admits it still retains some location information. [Apparently, the only way to prevent this is to delete your Google account, including Google Searches. Even then, it is possible to find your location by noting which cell towers are receiving your signal. To avoid that, the last resort is to give up the convenience of a mobile phone. Something to think about.] -GEG

Google is reportedly tracking your physical movements with your smartphone even if you select privacy settings which are supposed to stop it from doing so.

According to the Associated Press, who launched an investigation into the tracking, it “found that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data even if you’ve used a privacy setting that says it will prevent Google from doing so.”

“Computer-science researchers at Princeton confirmed these findings at the AP’s request,” it continued, adding that, “Storing your minute-by-minute travels carries privacy risks and has been used by police to determine the location of suspects — such as a warrant that police in Raleigh, North Carolina, served on Google last year to find devices near a murder scene.”

Despite Google claiming that you can turn off the tracking, the Associated Press revealed that this is not true, and even “with Location History paused, some Google apps automatically store time-stamped location data without asking.”

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