Look at the location data that Google has collected about you, and you’ll see yourself in a whole new way, writes NYT’s John Herrman.In August 2018, the Associated Press published an investigation into how Google handles the data it collects, following a curious discovery by a graduate researcher at UC Berkeley. For years, the company has allowed users to control their ‘location history,’ a detailed record of where they’ve been, based on their activity in Google Maps.This, the researcher suggested — and The AP confirmed — did not work as advertised. “Some Google apps automatically store time-stamped location data without asking,” the reporters found. The revelation has since resulted in at least one lawsuit, and has renewed public criticism from lawmakers.We’re aware that Google is logging our whereabouts. Google Search, for example, helps us find things, and it uses our location to supply more relevant information (by guessing the language we speak, for starters). Obviously, Google Maps gives us particulars about where we are and where we’re going. The more creative, indirect ways in which Google employs our location data can be helpful, too, or at least technically impressive. (Yes, Google, good guess. That is the restaurant I went to — but I… Read full this story
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