Google is providing 911 operators with more accurate location information from callers using Android phones. The company has partnered with T-Mobile and emergency technology companies RapidSOS and West to send location data from its Emergency Location Service to 911 call centers when an Android user places an emergency call. For T-Mobile customers, that information will be sent via the carrier and when call centers use RapidSOS, Google's location data will be sent through the emergency technology company. In the US Virgin Islands, Google has integrated this technology in partnership with West. Google tested this system earlier this year, sending its location data straight to 911 call centers when Android users called the emergency service.
When you turn off "location history" Google still tracks your location when you use several of its key services including Maps, search and the weather. Here's how to really turn all of it off. A report from the Associated Press has highlighted that the feature called location history is just one of the systems that Google uses to track your location for personalised services, local search and other purposes such as advertising. When you turn off location history, Google stops automatically recording your location for features such as the Maps timeline, but it warns you that "some location data may be saved as part of your activity on other Google services, like Search and Maps". When you perform a search, access Google Maps, or get the weather, either manually or automatically through a smartphone widget, Google will still log your location.
After the Associated Press reported that certain Google apps still track you even if you turned off location history, Google has changed its help pages and tried to clarify the issue. "We have been updating the explanatory language about Location History to make it more consistent and clear across our platforms and help centers," Google told the AP in a statement. The AP's investigation found that with Location History off, Google still stores your coordinates when you open Maps or even do searches, even if they're not related to where you are. After the report first surfaced, Google effectively denied there was a problem, saying "we provide clear descriptions of these tools." Google has now removed the misleading language on the Location History help page.
Your devices scoop up all kinds of information about you to provide helpful services and deliver supposedly targeted advertising. Since the debut of Windows 10 this trend has also landed in full force on the PC. But what if you don't want to participate in this cloud-based madness? A good start is to restrict your location information in Windows 10. Here's how to turn off location services in Windows 10 and delete your location history.
Hundreds of popular apps are collecting location data that they claim is anonymous, but further analysis shows it can be easily linked to specific users. These apps include ones like the Weather Channel, GasBuddy and WeatherBug, many of which inform users that they collect location data, but not necessarily how the data will be used, an investigation from the New York Times found. The findings have raised both privacy and security concerns as advocates say many users are unaware how much they're being tracked. The location data was as precise as within a few yards and was found to update with new information thousands of times each day. In one case, data was collected from a child's phone The Times gained access to a database from a company that included information from more than a million phones in the New York area.