Go(CIA)ogle really IS recording your every move! Search firm tracks location data using your smartphone, even when you explicitly tell it not to

Monday, August 13, 2018
By Paul Martin

Google claims you can ‘pause’ Location History to stop tracking of your device
Experts found that even with this setting on, Google still monitor location data
They created a map of the movements of a Princeton postdoctoral researcher
It included his commute on two trips to New York and visits to the High Line park

13 August 2018

Google records your movements even when you explicitly ask it not to.

Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data even after you have enabled privacy settings purportedly designed to stop data-gathering.

Researchers created a visual map of the movements of Princeton postdoctoral researcher Gunes Acar based on the location history stored in his Google account.

Dr Acar carried an Android phone with the ‘Location History’ setting switched off during his travels.

Despite the setting purportedly preventing data collection, Google kept records of Dr Acar’s train commute on two trips to New York and visits to the High Line park, Chelsea Market, Hell’s Kitchen, Central Park and Harlem.

To protect his privacy, researchers have not plotted the most telling and frequent marker – his home address.

The finding was the result of an Associated Press (AP) investigation and was confirmed by computer-science researchers at Princeton University.

For the most part, Google is upfront about asking permission to use your location information, the researchers found.

An app like Google Maps will remind you to allow access to location if you use it for navigating.

If you agree to let it record your location over time, Google Maps will display that history for you in a ‘timeline’ that maps out your daily movements.

Storing your minute-by-minute travels carries privacy risks and has been used by police to determine the location of suspects – such as a warrant that police in Raleigh, North Carolina, served on Google last year to find devices near a murder scene.

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