Google was in the news last week for a misleading claim that “with Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored,” which is not true.
Now, the search engine giant is once again in the news after a San Diego man has filed the first lawsuit against Google over this issue.
Last week, the Associated Press investigation revealed that the search engine giant tracks movements of millions of iPhone and Android device users, even if they have disabled the “Location History” setting to prevent it.
However, it turned out that to fully opt-out of having your location activities stored by Google, you also have to disable the ‘Web and App Activity’ control as well, about which the company has mentioned deep into its product documentation.
In response to the AP investigation, Google defended itself by saying, “there are a number of different ways that Google may use location to improve people’s experience,” and that “we provide clear descriptions of these tools, and robust controls so people can turn them on or off, and delete their histories at any time.”
On Friday, the company even slightly changed its location policy, making it clear that even after turning off the Location History option, some Google services would continue collecting location information on you.
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