Google Maps not only follows you but a program calledis potentially transmitting your location data to law enforcement, according to a New York Times report. We will show you how to make the task more difficult for Google or at least not give him the most detailed data.
Do not forget that an investigation conducted by the Associated Press in 2018 revealed that even if you manually clear Google location history, Google Maps and other apps can.
Google maintains that such location features help to improve your experience. But this notion is at odds with the definition of "off," said computer scientist Jonathan Mayer of Princeton. "If you allow users to disable an item called" Location History ", then all places where you manage the location history must be turned off," he said.
Indeed, even when Location History is turned off in your Google Account settings, AP discovers actions such as searching for something in your browser, checking for automatic weather updates, and opening Google Maps saves your location. Princeton researchers were able to verify AP's claims.
If you want to completely disable location tracking (which, keep in mind, will limit the location features of some applications), you must disable another setting called Web & App Activity.
On Android: Enter the settings and press Google> Google Account> Data & Personalization. Now press Web and App Activity and disable the setting.
On the desktop (also for iOS): Open Google in a new tab, sign in to your account if you're not logged in yet, click on your profile photo (top right corner), then on Google account. Now click Personal information and privacy> My activity, then click Activity Checks in the left toolbar. Click on Web and App Activity toggle to turn it off. While you're at it, make sure the location history is also off.
It should be noted that, unless you are involved in a murder investigation, Google's location tracking has largely altruistic motivations: providing personalized experiences, location recommendations, and so on. Heck, that's how Google is able to broadcast weather reports based on where you are. Of course, it is also used for marketing and advertising purposes.
If it bothers you, you can now unsubscribe – for real.
: Here's what you can and can not disable