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Google Maps is the latest app to be targeted by criminals

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Even if you have'Location History' off, Google often stores your precise location. Here's how to delete those markers and some best-effort practices that keep your location as private as possible. But there's no panacea, because simply connecting to the internet on any device flags an IP address that can be geographically mapped. Smartphones also connect to cell towers, so your carrier knows your general location at all times. Fire up your browser and go to myactivity.google.com.


Google Maps is DOWN: Navigation app crashes for frustrated users around the world

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Even if you have'Location History' off, Google often stores your precise location. Here's how to delete those markers and some best-effort practices that keep your location as private as possible. But there's no panacea, because simply connecting to the internet on any device flags an IP address that can be geographically mapped. Smartphones also connect to cell towers, so your carrier knows your general location at all times. Fire up your browser and go to myactivity.google.com.


Google really IS recording your every move!

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Google records your movements even when you explicitly ask it not to. Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data even after you have enabled privacy settings purportedly designed to stop data-gathering. Researchers created a visual map of the movements of Princeton postdoctoral researcher Gunes Acar based on the location history stored in his Google account. Dr Acar carried an Android phone with the'Location History' setting switched off during his travels. Despite the setting purportedly preventing data collection, Google kept records of Dr Acar's train commute on two trips to New York and visits to the High Line park, Chelsea Market, Hell's Kitchen, Central Park and Harlem.


Google Maps updates lets you check overcrowding on public transport BEFORE you start your journey

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Your daily commute is about to get much easier thanks to two new updates to Google Maps. The search giant is rolling out real-time information on how crowded public transport is, as well as any delays to bus routes. It's hoped the functions will help take the stress out of your journey, by helping you to plan your transit ride more easily while staying more comfortable along the way. Your daily commute is about to get much easier thanks to two new updates to Google Maps. Earlier this year, a study by the Labour Party claimed overcrowding on trains in the UK has hit one of its highest levels and is set to get worse, with the most overcrowded train routes on average 187 per cent over capacity.


Shocking report reveals how your apps track your every move and share the data with advertisers

Daily Mail - Science & tech

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.