Even if you disable Location History, the search giant Google still tracks you every time you open Google Maps, get certain automatic weather updates, or search for things in your browser.
There’s a way to stop it—but it takes some digging, writes Emily Dreyfuss at wired.com.
“If Google is representing to its users that they can turn off or pause location tracking but it’s nevertheless tracking their location, that seems like textbook deception to me,” says Alan Butler, senior council at the Electronic Privacy Information Center.
To actually turn off location tracking, Google says you have to navigate to a setting buried deep in your Google Account called Web & App Activity, which is set by default to share your information, including not just location but IP address and more. Finding that setting isn’t easy. At all.
On your Android phone, go from Google settings to Google Account, then tap on Data & personalization. You’ll find Web & App Activity there.
Google says it provides “clear descriptions of these tools,” but it takes eight taps on an Android phone—if you know exactly where you’re going—to even access that description to begin with.
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