Google Accepts It Records User Location History Even When It’s Turned Off
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Google Accepts It Records The Users' Location History Even When It's Turned Off

Google explained how the feature still works after turning it off.

Google Accepts It Records The Users\' Location History Even When It\'s Turned Off

Earlier this week, AP (Associated Press) shared a report in which it revealed that Google tracks the user’s location history even when it is turned off. According to the report, Google Apps and Websites continue to record the location where users go even after the user opted to turn it off. According to Google whenever a user chooses the option to turn off the location history the “ places you go are no longer stored’. However, the Associated Press has spotted how the tech giant uses the ‘ Dark Design’ pattern to fool its users about the location storing process.

As a result of the accusation Google responded about the issue on it help page by explaining how the location history feature works. “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.” Google updated on the page.

Google Location History

With the Location tracking feature being complicated users can't simply turn it off. In case you decide to shut it down you will read, “ With the location history off, the places you go are no longer stored." However, even after this Google still provides the user’s location to some it services and apps.  Google mentioned above when location history is turned off services like Google Maps and Find My Device still gets the locations details. The stored location details include the address of every place the user visits including the home and other places like offices.

Google fooling about the location tracking feature is nothing more than a privacy threat to the users. Now, the Mountain View company is caught up in a debate over the user’s trust and privacy. How were, this is nothing new for the tech giant earlier this year we have also spotted that how it tracks the user location even after the data is turned off. 

Google said to Techcrunch in its defense  “Location History is a Google product that is entirely opt-in, and users have the controls to edit, delete, or turn it off at any time. As the story notes, we make sure Location History users know that when they disable the product, we continue to use location to improve the Google experience when they do things like performing a Google search or use Google for driving directions.”

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