Google loves to give you the illusion that you’re in control. You’re not. An AP News exclusive reports that even when you disable location for Google apps on your Android or Apple device, Google is still precisely monitoring your location.
Google follows you, even with location turned off
For starters, you can keep yourself from seeing your location data by following Google’s instructions to disable location tracking. However, Google still continuously and precisely collects your location data.
Google uses deceptive language to obfuscate. From the AP story:
Warnings when you’re about to turn Location History off via Android and iPhone device settings are more difficult to interpret. On Android, the popup explains that “places you go with your devices will stop being added to your Location History map.” On the iPhone, it simply reads, “None of your Google apps will be able to store location data in Location History.”
So, Google is accurate that they stop adding your location to your “Location History,” but they surreptisiously store your location data elsewhere, without your knowledge or consent.
I have already filed an official complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) about this particular deceptive and fraudulent Google practice. I encourage everyone to do the same.
Use the FTC’s online complaint assistant located at https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/#crnt&panel1-1.
Quick Tip: If you want to stop Google from tracking your every move, stop carrying your phone with you wherever you go. For example, you could leave your phone at home and it would function much like an ordinary landline and be associated only with your home address.