> The new orders, sometimes called “geofence” warrants, specify an area and a time period, and Google gathers information from Sensorvault about the devices that were there.
My comment on it (expanded a little):
Even without Google or Apple, the police have the cell service providers. In the case of the Austin bomber from a year ago, police got cell tower records from the multiple bombings and figured out who was at all the locations. Cell phones are little trackers unless you turn them off or don't carry one.
The police don't need Google or Apple here, the carriers are already tracking who connects to what towers (and I believe they are required to do this by law)
As any lawyer would say: Don't speak to the police, even if you're innocent. Same with this. If I personally want to share my own private tracking data that my lawyer says I can share.. sure. But I do not want this entire data free for law enforcement to see.
Law /enforcement/ isn’t always bad, but mass surveillance of the general populace is.
it's a good thing all laws are just, then, huh?
What I could see happening is the absence of the data becoming a factor for increased scrutiny. Because, of course, if you don't have anything to hide... why did you stop Google from tracking you?
It's an invaluable tool for me and I trust Google to safeguard the information. They haven't failed me yet, and if they ever do, it should be easy enough to delete the info.
Edit: this is off topic but I also always share my location with my wife which people have mixed reactions about, which surprises me because it's been great so far. Maybe I just view this stuff differently.
The "what it is for me" attitude of consumerism requires something else to balance it out.
This is turining out to be quite extensive. It also have options for sharing with family (and friends). And triggering custom action when arriving/leaving a location.
As others have mentioned, it is nice to look back at the trips I took and also share with others who might be visiting places where I have been in the past.
Confused... you make it sound like faulty location history led you to erroneously report your Lyft driver. But that doesn't jive with the tone and thrust of your comment.
Lyft had the wrong route (280 and longer)
Google confirmed my suspicion that we took the shorter route (101)
Lyft credited back regardless but it was good to know what really happened
I've ditched many Google services due to Google being Google yet I still have this enabled which is somewhat ironic.
One day I'd like to figure out how to implement some sort of private alternative to this without using Google.
Docs here: https://owntracks.org/booklet/
After disabling all Google history - location, web, search etc - I don't notice much of a difference in the usefulness of Google services, but the one thing that still hangs around is purchase and booking history because my company uses GSuite. When I want to delete that history it tells me to delete that email - I think I should be able to turn that off somehow, but don't know how.
Edit: To do justice to Google, they do seem to be respecting my wishes not to store any of that history, at least in any explicit form.
A few examples on why it has been useful to me:
- When did I go to the dentist last?
- Where did that credit card charge I see in my bank statement originated?
- Where did I go on the day I lost my umbrella?
This is why I 1) switched back to Apple Maps and 2) never say yes when Google asks for my location in Safari on iOS (it doesn't change the query results anyway)
I'm on the lax and forgiving end of the privacy debate but even I find this statement breathtaking.
Would you be as cavalier about giving up other similar protections? i.e. unwarranted search, self-incrimination etc. They can all be attacked with similar "if you've done nothing wrong..." arguments.
I'm assuming it saves periodically and uploads when it acquires a connection.