iPhone does it too. It’s part of theft prevention and phone recovery. (Find My Phone, Device Manager, etc.) You can opt out of these services. For Android, turn off “Location” in settings.
You can delete your location history at any time by going to the Google website provided.
Also, Location services are needed for GPS. If you use your phone for navigation, your phone will track your location.
EVERY GPS device, TomTom, Garmin, Magellan, etc., tracks and records your location. That’s why they tell you to enter a nearby intersection or landmark instead of your real address as “home”.
It’s up to consumers to decide how much of this information that are comfortable with sharing.
Thanks to Ed Komarek at Extraterrestrial Cultural Center on Facebook.
This is slick, isn’t it? Try it!
Was there any doubt? Big Brother is EVERYWHERE.
It’s a cool place to get a snapshot of your life, but that little anomaly the writer shares… curious indeed.
When I go to the website it shows my gmail address at the top right, but tells me I have no location history. I am EVER SO GLAD I don’t have a smart phone, and ignored all those not-so-subtle little pushes by Google to get me to provide my cell number.
The rest of you—have at ‘er! ~ BP
August 15, 2014
Remember that scene in Minority Report, where Tom Cruise is on the run from the law, but is unable to avoid detection because everywhere he goes there are constant retina scans feeding his location back to a central database? That’s tomorrow. Today…
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