Google monitors the location of users even when the geolocation of the phone is disabled

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A study by the Associated Press showed that many Google services on iPhones and Android-devices store data about the movement of users, even if the history of locations is disabled in privacy settings.

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Google in advance asks the user for permission to make applications, such as Google Maps, use geolocation. The Google Support page says that users who have disabled it “block access to location data for all applications,” Meduza reports.

Journalists of the Associated Press found out that this is not true. The experiment showed that after Google users disconnected their browsing history, but did not change their application and web search settings, some Google services continue to automatically store location data. In particular, the company uses geolocation when a user opens Google Maps, a search engine or a weather application on Android.

Researchers from Princeton University confirmed the findings of journalists.

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