Google tracks your location – even when you deny it permission

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Google tracks your location

Google is tracking your location — even when you tell it not to, according to an investigation by the Associated Press. The findings prove that many Google services on both Android and iPhones store location data regardless of whether privacy settings say otherwise. The AP’s report was originally confirmed by computer science researchers at Princeton University. And now Google has acknowledged the practice.

The AP first started looking into the issue when K. Shankari, a graduate researcher from University of California, Berkeley, turned off her Location History on her Android device — but still received a notification asking to rate a shopping trip to Kohl’s.

While Google does ask permission to use location information (such as requesting access for use in navigation), the issue lies within the Location History setting. Google’s support page states: “You can turn off Location History at any time. With Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored,” but the AP’s investigation found this to not be true.

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