Simply turning off the location history for google accounts does not stop the tech company from tracking a user’s location. According to an investigation published this week by the Associated Press, Google can track timestamped location data from devices when the maps feature, browser or even the weather app is opened, but there is a way to stop the company from tracking locations.
We often expect privacy from these companies but we have to take extra steps to turn off location functions to prevent the company from peering into our daily schedules.
To turn off location tracking, google users can open the account, access account information from the drop down menu at the top right corner. IPhone users can click on Personal Info & privacy, go to My Activity, open Activity Controls and turn off the toggle at Web & App Activity. Android users can find this under Data & Personalization.
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