Google Clarifies Location-tracking Policy — APNewsBreak

Ceria Alfonso
Agosto 19, 2018

While turning "Location History" off may not work, users can outright delete Google's location data that it has collected. Disabling tracking is all the more hard due to the lack of transparency on Google's part.

Earlier this week, researchers revealed that even if you went to Google's "location history" setting and turned it off, its most common iOS, Android and desktop apps and services - including Maps and Search - would continue to keep a log of your locations. With Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored.

The statement contrasted with a statement Google sent to the AP several days ago that said in part, "We provide clear descriptions of these tools".

The page now clarifies that Google still tracks their location even if they turn the setting off. But its help page for the Location History setting now states: "This setting does not affect other location services on your device". Some location data may be saved as part of your activity on other services, like Search and Maps. These things can limit the effectiveness of Google services, but they are the only known solutions for users who want to protect their location data.

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In a Thursday statement to the AP, Google said: "We have been updating the explanatory language about Location History to make it more consistent and clear across our platforms and help centers". That consent decree requires Google to not misrepresent to consumers how they can protect their privacy.

A privacy group says in a letter to Federal Trade Commission that Google has violated the terms of a 2011 settlement because of practices exposed in an Associated Press report this week. "When you turn off Location History for your Google Account, it's off for all devices associated with that Google Account". During a Google Marketing Live even, executives for the tech giant bragged about using ads to boost in-person store visit through data drawn from users' location histories.

While your location history is paused, some services still store your location data.

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