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Google Tracks You Even When You Say Stop: Report

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While Google asks permission for users to share location information on its apps, it doesn’t halt tracking services when users pause Location History

google diversity memoGoogle’s smartphone services store users’ locations even when privacy settings are adjusted to shut
these features off, according to a new report by the Associated Press.
While the company asks permission for users to share location information on its applications, it
doesn’t halt tracking services when users pause Location History, according to the AP study. Google
Maps, for instance, grabs information when a user so much as opens the app, and automatic daily weather
updates on Android phones give an approximation of user location. Computer-science researchers at
Princeton University confirmed the Associated Press’s findings.

Google’s official message is to promote user autonomy when it comes to deciding what information to
share: “You can turn off Location History at any time. With Location History off, the places you go are
no longer stored,” according to the company’s privacy page. But the AP says that isn’t true. Even
pausing the Location History, some Google apps automatically store time-stamped location data without
permission, the AP found.

“Location History is a Google product that is entirely opt in, and users have the controls to edit,
delete, or turn it off at any time,” the company said in a statement to Bloomberg. “As the story notes,
we make sure Location History users know that when they disable the product, we continue to use
location to improve the Google experience when they do things like perform a Google search or use
Google for driving directions.”

The search engine giant, owned by Alphabet Inc., derives significant revenue through advertising, which
is bolstered by user-generated data providing information useful to advertisers such as metrics on foot
traffic. Google recently reported its advertising business grew 24 percent in the second quarter,
pushing Alphabet’s total revenue minus partner payouts to $26.24 billion. Google Chief Executive
Officer Sundar Pichai said recently that the company is exploring new ways to place promoted content
and advertisements into its Map services.

Shares of Alphabet were little-changed Monday at $1,253.88 at 2:14 p.m. in New York.

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