If you’re an Android user, Google might be tracking your move
Going for a jog? Shopping? Or maybe walking in a park. Google might probably know your every move!
If you’re using a smartphone, you probably store every bit of data in it. It’s like a home in your pocket. Or your mobile wallet, your notebook for every notes that might be important to you and your photo album for some of the best memories you might want to store. Also, you save very important, personal information in it like your email, texts, or use it on any kind of banking transactions.
But it seems that Android users are lacking privacy due to its Google Location History feature.
It’s actually not even a secret that Google runs the world these days, but Android phones have one key feature that might alarm you if you’re not well aware of it. This feature is called the Location History, where it stores Android users’ data in the background, tracking every move you make, and then tags your location on your Google photos. It also gives you route suggestions as you’re traveling. It’s very helpful but somehow, you might want to be able to control over it, right?
According to Quartz, Android’s OS enables GPS tracking that transmits your current location data back to Google. The amazing part here is that, Google can then send you ads specifically to the store where you are at the moment. And also, courts could also theoretically request your location.
The thing is, this feature is not automatically turned on when you get your phone. But Quartz said that it’s “subtly baked into setup for apps like Google Maps, Photos, the Google Assistant and the primary Google app,” which almost all Android owners use.
A Google spokesperson told Quartz in an email, “Location History is entirely opt-in, and you can always edit, delete, or turn it off at any time.”
In case you want to review the info Google has collected, just visit “Your Timeline” in Google Maps on your smartphone.