Is your Android Device Tracking your Every Move?

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Is your Android Device Tracking your Every Move?

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Added by September 17, 2014

If you have not changed the default settings on your Android device then the answer is Yes it is. The feature Google Location History is turned on by default on your device. Using Google Maps you can see everywhere you and your phone has been on any given day. The map below for my trip to work the other morning.

As you can see each dot represents where I stopped on the way to work due to traffic. I took one way to work and a different way home as you can tell in the image bellow.

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In order to look at the data go to Google Maps Location History once at the site log in using your Gmail account. You may be amazed at what your find, creeped out or just plain upset for the infringement on your privacy. I checked. I purchased my phone in September of 2013 and there is history for every day since then.

So now that you know, what do you want to do about it?

First, you could just leave it on and do nothing.

Second, you could turn it off. Google provides step-by-step instructions on turning on and off location history.

Turning off location history does not delete the history already collected. You have to log into Google Location History and delete the stored data. You can delete individual days or all the history.

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For those of you that are using iPhones the same location history data are being collected from your phones as well if you are using Gmail on your phone.

Until next time … Ride Safe!
Rick Trader
Windows Server Instructor – Interface Technical Training
Phoenix, AZ

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