Google Tracks You Despite What It Says

Google tracks you

Google tracks you despite what it says in its policy.

And it  happens even though you opted out of tracking.

Many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data.

This happens despite your privacy settings saying it will not happen.

Computer-science researchers at Princeton University confirmed these findings by the Associated Press.

The AP is a newsgathering agency.

The Google tracking is especially true with Google maps.

Google says that will prevent the company from remembering where you’ve been. Google’s support page on the subject states: “You can turn off Location History at any time. With Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored.”

That isn’t true. Even with Location History paused, some Google apps automatically store time-stamped location data without asking.

For example, Google stores a snapshot of where you are when you merely open its Maps app. Automatic daily weather updates on Android phones pinpoint roughly where you are. And some searches that have nothing to do with location, like “chocolate chip cookies,” or “kids science kits,” pinpoint your precise latitude and longitude — accurate to the square foot — and save it to your Google account.

The privacy issue affects some two billion users of devices that run Google’s Android operating software.

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