Ryan Nakashima, reporting for the Associated Press:
Storing your minute-by-minute travels carries privacy risks and
has been used by police to determine the location of suspects —
such as a warrant that police in Raleigh, North Carolina, served
on Google last year to find devices near a murder scene. So the
company will let you “pause” a setting called Location History.
Google says that will prevent the company from remembering where
you’ve been. 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.”
That isn’t true. Even with Location History paused, some
Google apps automatically store time-stamped location data
The saga of Apple Maps’s launch is long and complicated, but Google’s desire to track our location was at the heart of it. Apple wanted new features like turn-by-turn directions and vector graphic map tiles; in exchange, Google wanted iOS to allow Google to track user location more pervasively.
“If you’re going to allow users to turn off something called
‘Location History,’ then all the places where you maintain
location history should be turned off,” Mayer said. “That seems
like a pretty straightforward position to have.”
Google says it is being perfectly clear. […]
To stop Google from saving these location markers, the company
says, users can turn off another setting, one that does not
specifically reference location information. Called “Web and App
Activity” and enabled by default, that setting stores a variety of
information from Google apps and websites to your Google account.
Google is saying, with a straight face, that it’s perfectly clear that disabling the feature named “Location History” does not prevent Google from tracking your location history. There’s nothing surprising about this, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t shameful.
★ Monday, 13 August 2018