Google tracks you even if you've asked it to stop


So if you turn off this setting, Google stops tracking you, right?

The new investigation comes a month after House Republicans sent a letter to Larry Page, the chief executive of Google's parent company, Alphabet, as well as Apple CEO Tim Cook, about their privacy practices, including location tracking.

If you turn off Google's Location History option (see how, from here), you probably assume the places you go are no longer stored, or that Google is no longer tracking your movements.

Indeed, even when Location History is toggled off in your Google account settings, AP discovered, actions like searching for something in your browser, checking automatic weather updates and opening Google Maps will record your location.

Of course, there's no reason to assume that works either since Google makes no mention of turning off location when you "pause" web and app activity.

The AP looked into the issue after K. Shankari, a graduate researcher at UC Berkeley, blogged about how her Android device had prompted her to rate a recent shopping trip to Kohl's even though her location history had been turned off.

U.S. Senator Mark Warner of Virginia said in a statement to the AP that if a Google user disables the setting, called Location History, it is "perfectly reasonable for that person to expect that apps will not continue tracking their location".

'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'.

According to a new report from the Associated Press, an investigation has found that many Google services on both Android and iPhone devices store your location data even if you've used privacy settings. AP's findings suggest that when you tell Google to turn off location tracking, it's only stopping the display of location markers in your apps. You can wholesale delete all items in date ranges or by service, but will end up taking out more than just location markers.

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You may be asked to sign in to your Google Account.

And if you want to turn off web and app activity, you need to go to Google settings - although where precisely it's not clear.

If that bothers you, now you can opt out - for real. Well, it turns out Google may still be tracking your movements. On Android, the popup explains that "places you go with your devices will stop being added to your Location History map". Tap "Location." You can toggle it off for the entire device.

Google wants to know your every move - and tracks you on your mobile phone even when you order it not to.

The iPhone text is technically true if potentially misleading.

Since 2014, Google has let advertisers track the effectiveness of online ads at driving foot traffic, a feature that Google has said relies on user location histories.

Last year Google earned $95.4 billion from location-related advertising.

The AP was able to put together a map showing Acar's train ride on two trips to NY and visits to locations including Hell's Kitchen, Central Park and Harlem. But I know some of you are, so hopefully this will help.