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# 249328 6-May-2019 11:46
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I just read that Google now allows you to automatically delete older location information, based on dates.

1) Visit Google homepage and tap on your profile picture in the upper-right corner

2) Click on the Google Account button.

3) Select the Data & Personalization tab and click Web & App activity

4) Select "Choose to delete automatically."

5) Choose between "Keep until I delete manually," "Keep for 18 months," and "Keep for 3 months" options

6) Click Next and confirm your choice.

Here's an article about the "feature" that it fixes.

https://www.apnews.com/828aefab64d4411bac257a07c1af0ecb

AP Exclusive: Google tracks your movements, like it or not

By Ryan Nakashima

Google wants to know where you go so badly that it records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to.

An Associated Press investigation found that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data even if you’ve used a privacy setting that says it will prevent Google from doing so.

Computer-science researchers at Princeton confirmed these findings at the AP’s request.

For the most part, Google is upfront about asking permission to use your location information. An app like Google Maps will remind you to allow access to location if you use it for navigating. If you agree to let it record your location over time, Google Maps will display that history for you in a “timeline” that maps out your daily movements.

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 lets 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 without asking. (It’s possible, although laborious, to delete it .)

For example, Google stores a snapshot of where you are when you merely open its Maps app. Automatic daily weather updates on Android phones pinpoint roughly where you are. And some searches that have nothing to do with location, like “chocolate chip cookies,” or “kids science kits,” pinpoint your precise latitude and longitude — accurate to the square foot — and save it to your Google account.

The privacy issue affects some two billion users of devices that run Google’s Android operating software and hundreds of millions of worldwide iPhone users who rely on Google for maps or search.

Storing location data in violation of a user’s preferences is wrong, said Jonathan Mayer, a Princeton computer scientist and former chief technologist for the Federal Communications Commission’s enforcement bureau. A researcher from Mayer’s lab confirmed the AP’s findings on multiple Android devices; the AP conducted its own tests on several iPhones that found the same behavior.

“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.

“There are a number of different ways that Google may use location to improve people’s experience, including: Location History, Web and App Activity, and through device-level Location Services,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement to the AP. “We provide clear descriptions of these tools, and robust controls so people can turn them on or off, and delete their histories at any time.”

Google’s explanation did not convince several lawmakers.

...

Sean O’Brien, a Yale Privacy Lab researcher with whom the AP shared its findings, said it is “disingenuous” for Google to continuously record these locations even when users disable Location History. “To me, it’s something people should know,” he said.

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  # 2231557 6-May-2019 12:07
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here's my middle finger Google. I don't carry with me any device you can track me with.


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Are those the distinct odours of class action lawsuits and more European wrath I smell..?


 
 
 
 


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  # 2232100 7-May-2019 08:38
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kingdragonfly:

4) Select "Choose to delete automatically."

 

I don't have that option in my Google Account. Is this something that is still being rolled out and not everyone has it yet?




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  # 2232119 7-May-2019 08:56
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I started here:

https://accounts.google.com/

If your location service is paused, you won't see "Choose to delete automatically"

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  # 2232276 7-May-2019 14:17
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My Location Service isn't set on "pause", it "on".

 

According to CNET, in an article dated May 2nd: Google says the controls will begin rolling out "in the coming weeks."

 

So I guess they haven't added it to my account yet.


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