Apple users looking for added privacy can now take advantage of Google Maps' new'Incognito Mode.' The company started rolling out the private mode, which keeps data from being linked to your Google account, on iOS devices. This is the next progression in the privacy feature since Google included Incognito Mode in Android versions of the app last month. Google's incognito feature will turn off several points of data collection, including search history and location history. While the mode is activated, the app will not use one's data to personalize any settings in the app either.
Google records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to, an investigation has found. The Associated Press reported that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data, even if you have used a privacy setting which states it will prevent Google from doing so. Computer science researchers at Princeton University in the US confirmed the report's findings. For the most part, Google is up-front about asking permission to use your location information. An app like Google Maps will remind you to allow access to location if you use it for navigating.
Google Maps is a very helpful tool for those who go places, particularly unfamiliar locations. Now, the popular mapping app will help people know the exact location of places anywhere in the world – even if that place doesn't have an exact address. Google announced that it is adding Plus Codes to Google Maps. This feature will help any person share their location with anyone in the world, even if the location is remote or doesn't have any street name at all. The mapping service will do this using Plus Codes.
Yesterday Google disclosed that it had inadvertently exposed Google users' personal data and that up to 500,000 accounts might have been affected. But the issue, which was discovered in March, was kept under wraps -- a decision Google said was made because there was no evidence that the data had been misused and no way to fully determine which users were affected. However, it appears that concerns over regulatory scrutiny and bad press may have played into that decision as well. Well now the company is being put under that magnifying glass it had been looking to avoid, as Germany's data protection commissioner has announced an investigation into the incident. Bloomberg reports that the official, Johannes Caspar, says his agency is looking into the matter, but at this point he has received no additional information from Google.
Last month, Google employees in North Carolina wrote a letter to management protesting changes in salary levels for their office, which they say was cut below the national average. Some workers who had moved to the area ended up leaving again when they realized their salaries were lower than they had expected them to be, Google employees told The Washington Post at the time. Google says it pays high salaries in all of the places it employs people.