Location privacy has garnered attention all around the world. With Associated Press’s investigative report on how Google is tracking your location even when you have turned off your location history, has made this contentious issue all the more apt for redressal.
Most of the times you will find Google asking permission to use your location information. So apps like Google Maps keep on reminding you to allow access to location. If allowed, it records your location minute-by-minute, thereby displaying a history for you in a timeline that tracks your daily movements.
So when Google says that to prevent companies from remembering your location data, it provides support on its page under subject that states: “You can turn off Location History at any time. With Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored,” it is just an eye wash.
In reality even with “location history” paused, some Google apps automatically store time-stamped location data without asking. The privacy issue affects about 2 billion 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.