Feel like you're being watched? Probably Google violating privacy rights

Google is tracking your every move even when you tell it to stop – here’s how to fix

Last November, a number of reports emerged, suggesting that Android phones can still track their users' location, even with location services turned off and the SIM card taken out.

To prevent Google from saving location data from all of those tools, the company said users can turn off a setting called "Web and App Activity" - but since this setting is turned on by default, many people don't know about it and assume that when they turn "Location History" off, it will be off across all of their apps. The claims have been confirmed by researchers from Princeton.

For the most part, Google is upfront about asking permission to use your location information. But in fact, doing so only stopped them from adding you to its Google Maps Timeline. If allowed, it records your location minute-by-minute, thereby displaying a history for you in a timeline that tracks your daily movements.

Search: Even if the search would seem to have nothing to do with location Google determines "your precise latitude and longitude - accurate to the square foot", and saves it to your Google account.

Privacy has become a very sensitive issue among device users, and Google has provided certain tools to address concerns. And it applies to a wide variety of Google apps, including the basic one primarily used for search features.

Facebook has been taking a beating in recent months, dealing with near-constant scandals about mishandling user data, accused of both bias and lax platform policing, and suffering a bruising drop in stock prices.

This isn't a barefaced lie; your location data isn't stored in Location History. You can turn location off while browsing by going to Settings Privacy Location Services Safari Websites, and turn this to Never.

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But even if turning "Location History" off won't stop Google from tracking you, there's a way to do that and it involves disabling "Web & App Activity" tracking as well.

Next, go back into the Activity Controls dashboard and toggle off Location History. Can we trust Google location services?

If you've used a smartphone for any length of time, you're probably aware that there are options to turn off location tracking. However, the report found that even when users pause Location History on mobile devices, Google continued to store minute-by-minute location data.

According to Google support "You can turn off Location History at any time". Users who are uncomfortable with being tracked on where they have been are given the option to deactivate the feature, which Google says will stop the company from collecting the location data.

It should not come as a surprise that many Google services running on Android and iOS store location data even if the person uses a privacy setting. Data privacy issues have become more pronounced since a whistleblower from political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica this year revealed how the company collected Facebook user data to target audiences with issue ads during the 2016 us election.

But unfortunately for the two billion Google users, this is false information.

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