Google tracks you even if you’ve asked it to stop


Google wants to know your every move — and tracks you on your mobile phone even when you order it not to.

Google services used by Android devices and iPhones store location data, even when location privacy settings are enabled, according to an Associated Press investigation.

The privacy breach affects over 2 billion user devices running Google’s Android operating system, and hundreds of millions of iPhone users who rely on Google Maps, according to the AP.

Computer-science researchers at Princeton recently confirmed these findings.

Princeton postdoctoral researcher Gunes Acar carried an Android phone while traveling through New York and New Jersey with location services turned off, only to see that Google was tracking his location the entire time.

The AP provided an interactive map of his commute times and lengths, except for his home address.

The tech giant’s ad revenue rose 20 percent last year to $95.4 billion, largely due to location tracking to drive ad revenue.

The company continues to turn user data into profit with a program implemented in 2014, allowing advertisers to track online ads’ effectiveness at driving foot traffic.

“We provide clear descriptions of these tools, and robust controls so people can turn them on or off, and delete their histories at any time.” said a Google spokesperson in a statement to the AP.

If you want to prevent Google from storing location markers, disabling “Web & App Activity” will do the trick. But it also prevents the company from storing search information, which limits Google Assistant’s effectiveness.

Alphabet shares dropped 0.3 percent on Monday to close at $1,248.64.