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Google Won’t Take NO For An Answer When It Comes to Tracking Your Location

There is little doubt left that the Orwellian Big Brother of 1984 has arrived, in full force, here in America thanks to the technological giants of the internet.

The crackdown on conservative thought has been ongoing for some time, with folks such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube leading the way.  These technocratic cretins have decided, without any input from their user base, that they simply own your thoughts, ideas, rantings, musings, and browsing history.  You are not publishing your ideas; you are giving them to Facebook and Twitter for free, and then they turn around and sell that data to advertisers so that they can snare you more effectively.

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It’s a racket, ladies and gentlemen.

Worse still; there are a number of digital deities out there who simply refuse to let you tell them “no”.  Instead of abiding by your choices on what, when, and where they “see” you, they arbitrarily decide whether or not they want to take a peek away.

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Such is the case with Google.

Google wants to know where you go so badly that it records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to.

An Associated Press investigation found that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data even if you’ve used a privacy setting that says it will prevent Google from doing so.

Computer-science researchers at Princeton confirmed these findings at the AP’s request.

Just how bad was it?

Google says that will prevent the company from remembering where you’ve been. Google’s support page on the subjectstates: “You can turn off Location History at any time. With Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored.”

That isn’t true. Even with Location History paused, some Google apps automatically store time-stamped location data without asking. (It’s possible, although laborious, to delete it .)

For example, Google stores a snapshot of where you are when you merely open its Maps app. Automatic daily weather updates on Android phones pinpoint roughly where you are. And some searches that have nothing to do with location, like “chocolate chip cookies,” or “kids science kits,” pinpoint your precise latitude and longitude — accurate to the square foot — and save it to your Google account.

The privacy issue affects some two billion users of devices that run Google’s Android operating software and hundreds of millions of worldwide iPhone users who rely on Google for maps or search.

Is anyone else starting to miss rotary phones and maps?

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