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Google tracks location of smartphone users despite restriction

Search giant Google keeps a track of your location history even when you explicitly turn the feature off, endangering the privacy of mobile phone users, it has emerged.

According to a research by Associated Press, many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store the location data even if someone uses a privacy setting that is intended to bar Google from doing so.

Mostly Google asks permission to use your location information and its 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, the application will display that history for you in a “timeline” that maps out your daily movements.

Google’s support page on the subject states: “You can turn off Location History at any time. With Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored.”

However, this is not the case in reality because the location is still tracked. For instance, Google stores a snapshot of your location when you open its Maps app.

Moreover, automatic daily weather updates on Android phones pinpoint roughly where you are and some searches that have nothing to do with location, such as “chocolate chip cookies” or “kids science kits”, pinpoint your location coordinates accurate to the square foot and save it to your Google account – despite that the location is turned off in Google maps.

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