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Google Location History, is Google tracking you?

Published on 23rd December 2013

I am sure most of us already know or suspected this, Google can actually track your every move. The sheer scale of the data gathering required to do this is incredible and very impressive.  Whether you want Google to do this, or want this data recorded, is another discussion altogether and a very personal decision.

From my point of view there is a far bigger question around tracking and our understanding of what data is being kept about us by many different organisations, and how this data can be accessed and used by others. For example I now have 3 GPS enabled devices on my Apple account and at any time you can see where these devices are. This is a far bigger debate and not one that can be covered with a quick article, but a very interesting one nonetheless.

So back to Google Location History

I won’t regurgitate the huge amount that’s been written about Google Location History in the last few days, instead I’ll point you to an article by TechCrunch that covers it in a readable fashion – https://techcrunch.com/2013/12/18/google-location-history/

However if you want to understand more, especially if you are an Android user, see the links below.

Location services on iOS – https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/3402922?hl=en

Google Now Location setting on Android – https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/2819496?hl=en

If you want to see your own tracking history, assuming you have opted in, then go to https://maps.google.com/locationhistory and log into your Google account.

What do you think about Google Location History?

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