It’s not a good feeling, but the fact is, the infamous Big Brother is here on Planet Earth with us, alive and well. However, it’s not just the government that keeps track of everything we do. Unfortunately, big tech companies know more about us than our government does, and that’s a scary thing. For most of us, it’s not that big a deal because we don’t really have anything to hide. However, that’s not the point. It’s a matter of principle. Privacy matters and no one should be spying on us. For these big tech companies, it’s all about money. The more they know about us, the more they can target us.
They want to target us with ads that are relevant to places we go, the music we listen to, our Google searches, who our friends are, and more. Supposedly, it helps them provide better service to us. Whatever. But if you want to have them less all in your business, there’s something you need to know. If you use Google Photos or Google Maps, Google essentially knows everything about you. Most of us use our smartphones to take photos and videos, and then we upload those to Google Photos or another service. However, Google Photos stores tracking data, so a tiny map shows not just your photos but where you were when you took them.
To see this feature, open the Google Photos app and go to the bottom to click “search.” When you click through there, go to “Places” and then choose “View All.” You’ll see on the next screen some location groupings. When you click on the location, you’ll see a map that shows everywhere you’ve been and the photos you took while there. There’s a similar feature in the Google Maps app. Open that app and choose “Your Timeline.” When you select “Day,” you’ll see everywhere you visited in a day.
To disable this, watch the video below.