Aug 16, 2018

Google clarifies on criticism for location tracking of users in some apps

by Aksha Verma
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Upon facing criticism over reports that certain Google apps track users whereabouts even when they turn off location data, the tech giant has revised its Help Page, clarifying that it does track location data in order to improve Google experience.

Previously, the Help Page stated: “You can turn off Location History at any time. With Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored.”

The page now says: “This setting does not affect other location services on your device, like Google Location Services and Find My Device. “Some location data may be saved as part of your activity on other services, like Search and Maps”.

The new language now confirms that location data is, indeed, being tracked by some Google apps. But Google has clarified that they do not save location data without the user’s permission and knowledge.

But just turning off Location History doesn’‘t solve the purpose. Some techies believe that what might do the trick is to pause “Web and App activity” in google settings on the user’s handsets.

However, according to the information on Google’’s Activity Control page, “Even when this setting is paused, Google may temporarily use information from recent searches in order to improve the quality of the active search session”.

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