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Google saves location data without permission; tweaks help page

Google has revealed that it tracks a user's location even if the user has turned 'Location History' off. It did so in a changed a help page which throws light on the function. On the page, the company mentions that "Some location data may be saved as part of your activity on other services, like Search and Maps." Earlier, the same page stated that "with Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored." The tweak comes after an Associated Press investigation revealed that several Google apps and websites store user location even if users have turned Location History off. Location tracking via apps AP found that Google continues to track users through services like Google Maps, weather updates, and browser searches — more or less any app activity can be used to track users. Google can track users on a minute-to-minute basis, right down to their precise latitude and longitude, via these apps which act as location markers. Users may be misled into believing that they are not being tracked if they have turned off 'Location History', but it is untrue. AP noted that "Google stores a snapshot of where you are when you merely open its Maps app." When a user turns off their Location History, Google simply stops adding users' movements to its Timeline feature, which visually logs all the locations the users' has been to while the feature was on. Google said it had been clear enough Google’s justification was that it clearly spells out the purpose and…

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