However, as the AP notes, this may affect how some services work, such as ride-hailing apps. To find out if you're tracked by Google, you can go to your Google Maps Timeline , and from there you can check your phone's location settings and make adjustments.
Tech giants have been under fire for scandals related to data privacy, and the issue has caused some concern in Congress. In another statement to the AP, a spokesperson for the search giant said: "There are a number of different ways that Google may use location to improve people's experience, including: Location History, Web and App Activity, and through device-level Location Services. 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.
Still, the backlash over Google's location history underscores how much scrutiny tech giants are under for their data-hungry business practices. Facebook received intense criticism over its Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which 87 million Facebook users had their personal information co-opted by a UK-based digital consultancy with ties to Donald Trump's US presidential campaign.
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In the wake of that controversy, many consumers have faced a wake-up call: When it comes to ceding their data to tech companies, they may not have quite known what they were signing up for. Google came under fire last month when it was reported that employees of third-party app developers could read your inbox.
At the time, Google said the practices were covered by the company's terms of service. But it gets even trickier when Google lays out its data tracking policies for consumers in confusing ways, as it does with its location history practices.
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Mundane voice recordings from the general public will help its artificial intelligence that runs Google Home, by teaching it how humans naturally communicate. But Google is, first and foremost, an advertising company and its largest product is a targeted advert service, which it sells to the biggest brands in the world.
Google now makes hundreds of products used by billions of people across the globe, from YouTube and Android to Smartbox and Google Search. Source:Getty Images.
Unlike Apple, who does not publicise any of the voice data it stores through Siri, Google is pretty transparent — giving you full access to your audio. Visit history. Picture: Google. You can check for your web activity by clicking here.
You can switch this off, but be warned. Scroll down Activity Controls to find the section title Voice and Audio activity. Apple says that the recordings are anonymised after 18 months, so nobody would be able to figure out who is speaking.
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