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How to disable Google Sensorvault tracking on iOS, Android

Google Maps on an iPhone.

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Not only is Google Maps following your trail, but also a program called Google Sensorvault It is transferring data from your location to the authorities, according to a report from The New York Times. Here we tell you how to make it difficult for Google to follow you or at least not get more detailed information.

Keep in mind that, apparently, even if you manually disable Google Location History, Google Maps and other apps, you cansave information about your location
, according to an AP report published in 2018.

On the other hand, we have also recently learned that Facebook continues to track your data even after you have deactivated your account. So you don't have to worry only about Google. (You can choose disable Facebook facial recognition feature).

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Turn off Activity on the Web and in Applications completely disable Google Location History, but good luck finding it. Unless you know exactly where to look.

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"Google insists that such location tracking features are intended to improve your experience. But that notion goes against the definition of 'Off' http://www.cnet.com/," said Jonathan Mayer, an expert at the Princeton University. "If you are going to allow users to deactivate something called 'Location History', then all the places where you keep the location history should be turned off," he said.

Disable the Web and Application Activity function on Android, but remember that you will lose services that use the location system.

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In fact, even when Location History is deactivated in the configuration of your Google account, you discovered the AP, actions such as searching for something in the browser, checking automatic weather updates and opening Google Maps will register your location. Princeton researchers were able to verify the assertions of AP.

If you want to completely disable location tracking (you should keep in mind, however, that this limits some location capabilities of some apps), you have to disable another setting called Web & App Activity.

How to disable it completely?

If you want to completely disable location tracking (which, take into account, limit capabilities based on the location of some applications), you must disable another setting called Web and Applications Activity.

On Android: Enter Settings, then click Google> Google Account> Personal data & personalization. Ah, click on Activity on the Web and in Applicationsand you can choose the shutdown.

On desktop (also for iOS): Open Google in a new tab, enter with your account if you are not already inside, click on your profile picture (in the upper right corner) and then click on Google account. Now, click onPersonal data & privacy> My Activity, then click onActivity Controlsin the left column. Click Activity on the Web and Applications and ah, turn it on. While there, make sure the Location History is also turned off.

It is worth noting that, unless you are involved in a murder investigation, Google's location tracking has mainly altruistic motives: providing personalized experiences, location-oriented recommendations, etc. Come on, it's the way Google can send you weather reports, according to where you are. Of course, there is no doubt that it is also used for advertising and marketing purposes.

If that bothers you, now you can choose not to participate – really.