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Google wants to know where you go and it records your movements even when you tell it not to

by D.S. #Google twitter@gaiaitalia_eng #Technology



Google wants to know where you go so badly that it records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to. The story is told by an Associated Press investigation reported by the Financial Post according to which many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data even if you’ve used privacy settings that say they will prevent it from doing so.

Associated Press asked to computer-science researchers at Princeton to confirm the investigation. They did. And they say Ap was right.

According to the investigation – and as we all know so well – Google is asking permission to use your location information. When we use Google Maps the app will remind us to allow access to location if we use it for navigating. IWhen we agree to let it record the location over time, Google Maps will display that history for us – how kind! – in a “timeline” that maps out our daily movements. Luckily there’s another choice we apparently have: Google says that it will prevent the company from remembering where we’ve been if we “turn off Location History at any time. With Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored.”

The AP’s investigation states this is not true. Even with Location History paused, some Google apps automatically store timeline location data without asking. And that’s unfair.

So our privacy is been stolen thanks to our need to be guided by an application to do n’importe quoi. We’re not the only ones: almost two 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 are involved.

Better then to be alone all the time, as maybe at the end we are. Or not?


(13th August, 2018)

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