Some people claim Google still tracks them even when they turn off its location tracking feature. Here’s what you need to do to prevent this.
Right now, Google is a hot seat after some users complained that the tech giant company still tracks them even when the system’s tracking feature is disabled. This is a major issue since different security concerns are now appearing.
Various hackers and other cybercriminals are reportedly breaching and successfully stealing sensitive user data from health agencies, tech companies, and software providers. Even some tech firms, which have lots of security experts, are now being targeted. This is the main reason why you can’t blame people if they are now criticizing Google.
Google’s latest privacy issue started when unredacted documents in Arizona’s lawsuit against the tech giant show that company executives and engineers were aware that the search giant had made it hard for smartphone users to keep location information private, Insider reported.
The documents suggest that Google collected location data even after users had turned off location sharing, and made privacy settings difficult for users to find. On the other hand, an anonymous insider claimed that these documents show that the company pressured phone manufacturers into keeping privacy settings hidden because the settings were popular with users.
Privacy Tracking Issue’s Details
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich filed a lawsuit against Google last May. He claimed that the giant tech firm illegally tracked Android users’ location without their consent, even if users had disabled location tracking features.
Aside from this, the new lawsuit suggested Google kept location track running in the background for some features, and only stopped the practice when users disabled system-level tracking.
On the other hand, unredacted documents show one Google employee asked if there was “no way to give a third-party app your location and not Google?” If you are one of those worried people, here are the things you can do.
Turning Off Location Tracking Feature
Although Brnovich confirmed that the search engine giant can still track you even when you disable its location tracking feature, the best thing you can do is still turn it off.
Once you do this, there’s a high chance that it will effectively prevent the search engine giant company from spying on you. Here are the steps you need to follow;
- Go to https://myactivity.google.com/.
- Select “Activity Controls,” found in the left-hand menu.
- Scroll down through the various activities and choose any you’d like to turn off.
On the other hand, you can also delete some of the information that the search engine giant might have tracked or collected. Here’s what you need to do;
- Go back to the My Activity page and click on “Delete activity by” in the left-hand menu.
- You’ll get a pop-up window that lets you delete your activity based on the time period: the last hour, last day, “All time” (in other words, all dates), or “Custom range” for a specific date range.
- If you choose either “All time” or “Custom range,” you can then filter that info depending on services (such as ads, Chrome, Google Play Store, etc.). When you’re ready, click on “Next.”
- You’ll then get a preview of some of the activities that will be deleted. If you’re okay with that, select “Delete.”