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Google Introduces New Feature to Auto-Delete Your Location and Activity Data

Knowing that our apps gather boatloads of information about us – some for years – can be unsettling. Google’s various apps are chief among these, and the company said it has heard user requests to make managing their data a simpler process. The company announced Wednesday that it’s rolling out a new feature to allow users to auto-delete their location and activity data after 3 or 18 months. Read More >>

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Facebook Tracks the Location Data of Some Users Who It Views as Potential Threats

Facebook wields unparalleled power when it comes to the amount of data it collects on its billions of users – this we know. But thanks to all that information it hoovers up across its various services, the company is also able to use said data to track individuals it deems as posing a threat to the company or its executives, CNBC reported Thursday. Read More >>

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Apps You Use Every Day Are Tracking Your Every Move, According to Very Creepy Report

While you probably already know enabling location services for third-party apps might compromise your privacy, an investigative New York Times report details just how creepy and personal smartphone location data can be. Read More >>

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Instagram Tests Feature That Shares Your Location History With Facebook

Facebook could soon start gathering location information from users’ Instagram accounts, if it implements a feature that the company has prototyped. Read More >>

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A Lawsuit Over Google’s Sneaky Location Tracking Could Be a Game-Changer

Last week, a report revealed that Google continues to collect location data from users even when “Location History” is disabled in its options. The company was unapologetic, but did change its location policy. Now, a man in the US state of California is going to court to accuse Google of violating the state’s privacy laws. Read More >>

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Workout Data From Fitness App Used to Identify Government Spies and Military Personnel

In the latest incident of seemingly innocuous data sharing leading to potentially dangerous exposure, the popular fitness app and activity trackers Polar Flow has been revealing the location of military and government personnel working at sensitive locations, according to ZDNet. Read More >>

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Your Android Phone Has Been Sending Location Data to Google, Even If You Opted Out

Tech companies like Google and Facebook provide services in exchange for your data. We’ve known this. But they’ve always stood by the reasoning that it’s nothing to worry about because you’re given a choice. Sometimes the choice is agreeing to a terms of service. With location tracking, Google has always made it possible to opt out, but according to a new report, Android has been forcing location tracking on you whether you like it or not. Read More >>